Pro-Russian separatists have accused Ukrainian government forces of carrying out attacks on rebel fighters. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a Russian military base.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported this information in a report on Thursday (February 18th).
Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine complained on Thursday that the Ukrainian government had attacked their territory four times in the past 24 hours. The claim was made in a statement issued by representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, Al Jazeera reported.
Ukraine, meanwhile, did not immediately comment on the separatists’ allegations. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union’s security and co-operation body, did not respond to a request for comment.
The OSCE mainly monitors the situation in Eastern Europe. However, they have recently removed several observers from the area.
Neighboring Russia has long had about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. The country has also sent a fleet of warplanes, including tanks and artillery, to the Ukrainian border. There are also fears that Russian troops could invade the country at any moment. However, Moscow has repeatedly claimed that it has no plans to invade Ukraine.
However, the United States has repeatedly said that Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment. Washington’s other allies are expressing similar concerns. Western nations have made it clear that Russia could even use false pretenses to attack.
However, Moscow has claimed that Russian troops have begun returning to their bases from the border in Ukraine after a military exercise. Russia has also released a video footage in this regard.
But Western officials say they have found no evidence to support Moscow’s claim. In the last few days, another 6,000 Russian troops have been deployed along the Ukrainian border.