Hours after calling off a 10-day ceasefire Monday evening, Ukrainian forces launched a full-scale military operation against rebels in the eastern part of the country.
Announcing an end to the agreement, which many hoped would lead to peace talks, President Petro Poroshenko said in a televised address Monday night that Ukrainian government forces were launching a new “active phase” in what he termed an “anti-terrorist operation.”
The first assaults reportedly hit the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during the president’s address, where heavy fighting carried into Tuesday. According to journalist Christopher Miller, who is on the ground reporting for the Kyiv Post, there are indications of casualties in Kramatorsk, where a bus carrying civilians came under attack.
On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch issued a statement calling on Ukrainian government forces and armed insurgents to “respect the laws of war” and “distinguish at all times between combatants and civilians.”
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