The Ukrainian army has been accused of shelling by representatives of the Luhansk People's Republic, occupied by Russian rebels. In the midst of the crisis of war in Europe for a month, there is news of the use of war material for the first time. The use of weapons has been reported for the first time in Ukraine amid the threat of Russia's attack. Russian-backed rebel groups say Ukraine's government has violated a ceasefire agreement by shelling the eastern territories they hold.
According to the British newspaper Independent, the Ukrainian army has been accused by representatives of the Luhansk People's Republic area, occupied by Russian rebels. In the midst of the crisis of war in Europe for a month, there is news of the use of war material for the first time. According to Russia's independent news agency Interfax, a rebel representative of the Ukrainian-Russian ceasefire control group in the rebel area of Luhansk said that Ukrainian forces have brutally violated the ceasefire and used heavy weapons. According to the Minsk agreements, the ceasefire should end now. Ukrainian officials, however, denied reports of attacks on rebel areas and said they were attacked but did not retaliate.
Significantly, the US had said that Russia can plot a proxy attack on itself to attack Ukraine so that it can attack Ukraine in the name of retaliation. Ukraine's military also accused pro-Russian forces on Thursday of shelling a preschool in a village in Luhansk. The Ukrainian military said there were no casualties. Reports of firing from both sides have been common in the past few years, but reports of shelling on Thursday came amid Ukraine's threat of war with Russia.