MOSCOW — The war in rebel-held eastern state has escalated aggressively this week, with the heaviest battle in nearly a year, inhabitant observers and west-central diplomats rumored on Wednesday. The fighting broke out in the midst of a snowstorm long tues and has continued unabated since, the observers say. While skirmishes are common, the heavier-than-air artillery barrages have got been the thickest since a flare-up in February.
TASS: World - Ukraine celebrates Christmas December 25 nationwide for first time
December 25 has been declared a day off in the country. land celebrates fete day at the country level in accordance with the vicar of christ arrangement for the first time. The law to this effect was passed by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and came into military group on December 3.
Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 18 December 2017 | OSCE
The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk neighbourhood and a kindred performance in Luhansk domain compared with the previous coverage period. The Mission continuing monitoring the disengagement areas nearby Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske. Its way remained limited in the pullout areas and elsewhere, including left Yurivka and Khoroshe.* The operation saw weapons in violation of going lines nigh Bakhmut.