It has actually been one of the rougher weeks for Ukraine – this year.

• Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk are relentlessly striking Ukrainian positions, in response to Moscow’s displeasure with Ukraine’s growing pro-Western attitude. Last week, Ukraine was an active and diplomatically successful participant at the World Nuclear Summit in Washington DC.

• Today there were ninety-one attacks on Ukrainian positions by Russian-backed separatists. To better visualize the attacks, a larger map than the featured image is available via the Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

• The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), again found itself under fire by Russian-backed separatist earlier today.

• The Legislative Assembly of Transcarpathia, Ukraine’s’ most Western region has demanded autonomy, as a special self-governing administrative territory.

The political élite is not faring well either.

• Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced today that he will officially resign on Tuesday. Even though he survived a non-confidence vote in February, and has remained firm as Prime Minister since. Earlier today, he released the following statement to explain his decision:

“My decision is based on several reasons – the political crisis in the government has been unleashed artificially, the desire to change one person has blinded politicians and paralyzed their will to bring about real changes in the country.”

Although his decision to leave will most likely have a negative effect on Ukraine. The Ukrainian Parliament is in a state of indecision and turmoil, well beyond D.C. levels. His resignation will in all probability result with early elections across Ukraine as the current parliamentary body is highly unlikely to unite and select an interim Prime Minister.

• In reality, Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s decision to resign most likely has to do with the timing of the Panama Papers. In which Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko was listed as an account holder in the scandal.