August has been the deadliest month of fighting between Ukrainian forces and East Ukraine army. The tensions have raised fears that the fragile Minsk ceasefire is all but collapsed.
The fighting in Ukraine’s east has claimed around 9600 lives over the past two-and-a-half years.
Political analyst Alex Christoforou believes that Ukraine shirks its commitment in fulfilling the Minsk agreement by invading Crimea. He says Germany’s Merkel has also boxed herself in against Russia by asking Moscow, as a non-party in Minsk, to stay committed to the accord.