Kiev has three reasons to continue the war in Donbass

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

According to Russian political analyst Sergei Markov, Kiev has three very compelling reasons to continue shelling the Donbass region and not to wait until the spring.

The political analyst explained that Kiev wants to create a humanitarian catastrophe in Donbass, which has already caused a large portion of the Russian speaking population to flee the region; this trend is continuing, in other words the Ukrainian government is engaged in ethnic cleansing.

Kiev also seeks to show Russia that by supporting the Donbass region will cost lots of money because the devastated civilian infrastructure must be rebuilt after the re-settlement of the region.

The Kiev government's insistence to restart the war also motivated by the upcoming Astana peace talks. The primary objective of Kiev is to launch an aggressive military campaign in the Donbass region is to try to deter Moscow from supporting the breakaway republics.

The Ukrainian military offensive in Donbass indicates that the West does not want any compromise to be reached in Astana peace talks; its primarily objective is to persuade Moscow to withdraw support from the breakaway republics because of the increasing costs of rebuilding the region.

Artillery attacks on Donbass began again on January 11, the day when Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attended a memorial service in Paris and held talks with Western leaders; this shows that the Kiev government does not act alone, but follows instruction from Western leaders said political analyst Sergei Markov.

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