Russian aggression in Ukraine: Russia ups the ante in Ukraine with eye on G20 - FTimes

17:54 Aug. 18, 2016

Russia ups the ante in Ukraine with eye on G20 - FTimes

Defence analysts have verified an image shared online on Tuesday purporting to show Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine (Source: ft.com)

Putin's show of force linked to goal of extracting concessions starting with easing of sanctions

In Ukraine's restive east, artillery explosions ring out all night: international monitors there are recording dozens of shell bursts every evening. The ceasefire between Kiev and the Russian-backed separatists is fraying badly.

Read more Fallout of Donbas escalation: 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded in last day

Signs of a flare-up in fighting began in July and Ukraine and its western allies are observing a more worrying development: a build-up of conventional Russian forces in Crimea and along the countries' shared border.

Read more Observers unveil photos of Russian shelling of Ukrainian town of Maryinka

Russia has positioned military units with thousands of troops to the north in Bryansk, to the east near Rostov, to the south in Crimea and to the west in the separatist Moldovan region of Transnistria. There are signs they are preparing for fighting.

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