Artillery shells hit a circle of frontline towns in eastern Ukraine on Friday, blowing out windows, hitting schools, homes and military positions – and stoking fears that escalation is the end. prelude to directing Russian military action.
Nadya Lapygina, a resident of Staryi Aidar, one of dozens of towns affected by artillery and mortar fire on the breakaway northern border. “You don’t know how scary it is to hide him from shelling.”
They huddled under the stairs in their home and were unharmed when they passed two light bulbs on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, Ms. Lapygina said. Fighting between government troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine began on Thursday, with dozens of government-controlled towns and villages being shelled, authorities said. and aid groups said.
Ukrainian military officials and the defense minister confirmed the shelling occurred, saying that Russian-backed separatists fired 84 times with heavy weapons on Thursday and Friday.
Eastern Ukraine – poor, remote and stuck in an eight-year war – is looking more and more like a flashpoint that could spark a broader conflict. That fear was reinforced by a video message from Russian separatists on Friday, warning without evidence of an impending military attack by Ukraine and calling on people in the People’s Republic to self-proclaimed Donetsk people evacuate to Russia.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/world/europe/fears-grow-in-eastern-ukraine-as-shelling-picks-up-in-recent-days.html Fear is growing in eastern Ukraine as shelling has increased in recent days.