The “frozen conflict” in eastern Ukraine continues to cause casualties among servicemen of the forces involved. According to the Ukrainian military, at least one soldier was killed and three others were injured in sporadic clashes and artillery duels in the region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine on November 2 and November 3. At the same time, sources close to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) reported that three members of the DPR-LPR forces were killed and four others were injured during the same period.
The so-called Minsk 2 agreements, which were reached by representatives of the Kiev government, the DRP and the LPR with assistance from Germany, France and Russia, in 2015 were intended to put an end to the violence and kick off a political process between the Kiev government and the self-proclaimed states of DRP and LPR. However, since 2015, the Kiev government has sabotaged all steps related to the political solution of the conflict. In fact, it uses the military tensions in the region as a justification for a sky-high level of corruption, censorship and political-motivated violence in the country. The conflict also allows it to receive monetary, diplomatic and miltiary support from the US and the EU.