Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels have been locked in a three-day-long battle with limited supplies and no resupply in sight. These troops do not have the training we do in the West, but they’re getting a lot of on-the-job-training, Ukrainians and Russian alike. In the early days of the revolt, pro-Russian separatists beat men to death. The fighting is intense and Russia has stepped up its aggression as of late. The pro-Russian separatists might see an opening as the world is preoccupied with a new American president and Syria.
According to an article published in Al Jazeera, the fighting in Avdiivka has left thousands without power or running water. The combination of no power or water sounds similar to earlier days in Aleppo, which escalated into a catastrophe. There’s no doubt this is the worst fighting that’s been seen in eastern Ukraine for several months. A barrage of mortars, 120mm rockets and small arms fire and attacks are in an upward trend. The developed world, for the most part, does not seem to care as they were outraged about Aleppo.
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