…from Donbass war correspondent Patrick Lancaster
[ Editor’s Note: This Ukraine shelling hit the downtown Donetsk area and the suburbs to the west where a lot of pensioners live. A witness there said it went on for 20 minutes, so this was not a few shells harassment type event.
One would wonder why the Ukraine army would be using up precious ammo on targets that are no threat to them and on the big day of the negotiations beginning in Turkey.
I could pose that some Kiev troops thinking that a ceasefire might be called, today could be the last time to get some licks in to punish the civilians for a while. Frontline troops may not have heard that Moscow’s intentions were announced to stabilize operations in north and northeast Ukraine while the talks were going on.
I am not sure of the timing, but a major admin building was hit with a missile in Mykolaiv in Sobornaya Square. There is no way to know which attack might have been the initial one and which one the retaliation.
As for why they picked this time to play the talks card, I suspect Zelensky feels with the Russian Mariupol victory and the horrible publicity of what Kiev’s forces had done there, and the Ukraine army having taken quite a degrading during the last month, that Zelensky might have some motivation to cut his losses.
Kiev also buys some time to get NATO ammunition and equipment restocked via Poland, and that said, Russia would be doing the same with its satellites being able to see all that is coming into western Ukraine.
The big item left unmentioned with the US not being involved at this stage, is the sanctions. But I sense there will be growing pressure to make a deal. The ruble value has bounced back from its initial hit, and the EU is worried not only about inflation, but food and fuel prices from a war they technically are not involved in.
Notice how the Russians left the door open in the talks for the EU to take Ukraine, so all the Ukrainian thieves and gangsters and Neo-Nazis can descend upon Europe, especially Germany, which is flooded already with refugees with no place to put them, refugees that will not want to leave… Jim W. Dean]