Ukraine Invokes Temporary Cease Fire

Ukrainian government officials called a one day cease fire to the area surrounding flight MH17, in Donetsk province, Ukraine. An international rescue team comprised of thirty unarmed Dutch police officers had made an attempt to retrieve their deceased, but it had been blocked as a result of renewed violence between rebels that inhabit the area and Ukrainian military. The cease fire was called in order to ensure that rescue teams are able to access the crash site and collect the cadavers of passengers killed in the alleged rebel missile attack.

The cease fire has allowed the team to make it to the crash site, though little about the situation suggests that a longer truce is in the works. The Ukrainian parliament recently passed a new bill allocating more than $700m in new funds for its military efforts in the east, and rebels appear to be more entrenched than ever in Donetsk. The Ukrainian military has previously made gains in the region, and while the government has claimed that it is close to pushing the rebels out of their last remaining stronghold, a recent report by Reuters showing how rebels acquire increasingly sophisticated weaponry, as well as where from, leads many to believe that further escalations of violence in the region are in the cards.

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