Russian Rebels
Russia-backed rebels pose by a road sign at the entrance to Debaltseve. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press)

by Angelo Pacheco

On Sat. Feb. 21, according to Fox News, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk issued a statement, saying “Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian soldiers despite a recent cease fire agreement.”

His comments regarded the ceasefire brokered by European nations approximately a week previous, halting the 10-month conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

According to Yahoo’s news article, “Russia may have rescinded their offer to ceasefire,” U.S. State Department spokeswomen Jen Psaki states.

“Russia’s continued support of ongoing separatist attacks in violation of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is undermining international diplomacy and multilateral institutions — the foundations of our modern global order.”

Russia’s new stance is to support rebels that favor Russia’s policy of the annexation of Ukraine.

Russia continues to not be favored by western nations. France and Germany have urged that Russia “fully respect” the truce with Ukraine for a complete ceasefire.

“By not abiding by the agreement they signed, by continuing to support and intervene illegally in Ukraine… they’re violating international norms and they’re violating international law,” Psaki said.

Psaki and representatives of other nations may believe that the Ukraine situation is furthering violations in international law. Many nations may sympathize with Ukraine and want this matter resolved immediately. However, this appears to be stagnating, because pro-Russian rebels are in the continual phase of destruction in Ukraine.

One may feel that this matter will continue to drag on, for Russia does not seem to want to exit in a timely fashion.

As for now, there is no immediate action from the United Nations and other nations have not participated militarily. All we can do is continue to follow news outlets and hope this nightmare will go away.