How are Ukrainian Separatist forces able to repel the Ukrainian military? Leksika Analyst Sean Crowley looks at some of the weapons and vehicles being employed on both sides of the conflict.
Fighting continued well past the start of the ceasefire agreed upon in Minsk II. However, the real test to building a lasting peace and negotiated settlement is the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front lines; violations on this issue are the main indicator of a Minsk II failure and will precipitate a resumption of conflict in eastern Ukraine.
One of approximately 40 volunteer battalions under Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Dnipro Battalion's base in Dnipropetrovsk Obslast pits it directly against separatists, but the battalion's benefactor, oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, and the fighters conduct jeapordize the chance of support from the West.