Forces in Ukraine have launched a full-scale military operation against pro-Russia separatists, hours after a ceasefire ended on Monday.
The 10-day ceasefire ended Monday evening, with President Petro Poroshenko saying “criminal elements” had thwarted the chance for peace.
Ukraine’s parliament speaker Oleksander Turchynov told MPs today that he could inform us all that this morning the active phase of the anti-terrorist operation was renewed; Saying that their armed forces are carrying out strikes on terrorist bases and checkpoints.
President Poroshenko went on television on Monday night saying: “We will attack, we will free our land.”
The president had come under pressure from protesters urging renewal of the operation against the separatists.
Both sides had accused each other of violating the truce.
A four-way teleconference on Monday between Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had raised hopes the truce would be renewed.