As we begin 2019, I’d like to give a quick update on the Ukrainian situation. Already there are several reports coming out of the Donbas region with Russian back separatists continuing to violate the Minsk II agreement.

“The number of Ukrainian positions came under fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms.”

Russian hybrid military forces mounted at least four attacks on Ukrainian army positions in the Donbas on January the 7th, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action.

Across the entire front line stretching from the Luhansk region, the Donetsk sector and the Mariupol sector came under small arms engagements from Russian forces. Follow reports from the OSCE and the Ukrainian military forces: they continue to monitor the engagement along the contact line. It’s believed Ukrainian troops are adhering to the terms of a complete ceasefire.  The situation in the joint forces’ operation zone is under the control of these troops and the Ukrainian government.