(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChva…) shows Novorossian rebels from the 15th international brigade in a heavy intense firefight during an Ukrainian army attack on their positions.
The attack was repelled by Novorossian troops who hadnt any casualties during the clash.
It is most likely that the attack was held out by a Ukrainian army reconnaissance unit using small arms fire and 82mm to 120 mm mortars.
Marinka is actually place of heavy clashes between Novorossian rebels and the Ukrainian army.
The heavy fighting there broke out again recently after the failed Minsk ceasefire agreement.
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Note that we can only observe an exchange of fire in the footage, which has been a feature on the Minsk agreement from the start. Firefights and shelling of residential areas of Novorossia have never ceased, resulted in daily wounded and killed civillians. All that the Minsk agreement has brought is a halt to large scale military operations, and a chance for both sides to lick the wounds and prepare for the next round. The unwillingness of Kiev to actually follow through with the points of the agreement, and even enacting legislation quite contrary to the Minsk agreement only shows Kiev’s real stance on the issue. The only reason why Kiev signed it in the first place is to stop loosing territory to Novorossia, when Ukrainian forces where completely devasted in Debaltsevo cauldron.
Recent statements and diplomatic posturing of both sides are simply attempts to set the stage for the future blame game, which for Russia means sanctions, and for Kiev – loss of handouts.
Minsk II is unacceptable for the current Kiev establishment, it was not feasible from the start, designed to prove to Europe the inadequacy of the Ukrainian government, which only cares about the territory and not the people of Donbass, and to set the stage for Novorossia’s independence.
The peace process will inevitably fail, and if and when Novorossia makes it impossible for Kiev to achieve further military goals, the ultimate violation by Kiev of the Minsk agreement will only become a basis towards Novorossia’s independence.
And if by any miracle the fascist Kiev junta had an epiphany and followed through with the Minsk agreement it would become a guarantor of Ukraine’s shift towards the Russian sphere of influence, and ultimately achieving the basic autonomy demands of Novorossia, regardless of its status on paper, perhaps leading to more referendums and more autonomy, and ultimately – independence.
No matter how the chips fall, in the end Novorossia becoming a part of Russian Federation remains an aspiration of much of its population and a real possibility down the road, whether through a Crimea scenario or a gradual integration into the Eurasian Union (along with the rest of Ukraine, for which Russia is the only viable partner, after Europe had already choked on it).