Ukrainian forces have resumed military operations in the east of the country after a shaky ceasefire that ended on Monday.
There are however glimmers of hope that a peaceful solution can be found to the crisis.
There have been unconfirmed reports that the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to meet for talks in Berlin on Wednesday.
Alexander Boroday, the leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk has reportedly said that he is ready to compromise in order to start negotiations with Kyiv so long as Ukrainian troops withdraw from the region.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin:
“Unfortunately, President Poroshenko has made a decision to resume military operations. And we were not able – when I say “we” I mean both myself and my European colleagues – we were not able to convince him that the road to sustainable, solid and lasting peace cannot be through war.”
Political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko in Kyiv believes Moscow is very clear in what it hopes to achieve from the current situation.
“What’s happening is that the Ukrainians are being blackmailed. This is Russia’s tactics. Peace is not the aim for Russia and the separatists.They are using the ceasefire as a tactically.”
Meanwhile in eastern Ukraine, heavy weapons have been used by both Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels.
The Interior Ministry headquarters in Donetsk was captured by insurgents after a five hour gun battle.