Russia had blamed Ukraine authorities for the checkpoint attack in Slaviansk that claimed three lives as gunmen exited from four cars and opened fire at Pro-Activist militants manning the checkpoint at 2am. According to Russia, Ukraine Right Sector members are trying to ignite a civil war in a region and that they will intervene should bloodshed continue.
However, Ukraine officials said that Russian Secret Services may be behind the attck to use it as a pretext for invading Slaviansk. Currently, 40,000 Russian troops are situated near the Ukrainian border.
The incident violently shakes the Geneva accord signed by both Ukraine and Russia to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Ukraine was not fulfilling its role because pro-Russian activists are still occupying government offices and towns in defiance of the peace accord.
The accord calls upon all “illegitimate groups” to surrender their arms and vacate all government offices and towns as soon as possible.
According to Lavrov, Slaviansk citizens had been calling on Russia to save them from the outrage and that the country was being placed in an extremely complex situation. Russia had also accused Ukraine of not disbanding protest camps near Kiev’s Independence Square. The failure of honouring the accord will not give way towards a resolution between Ukraine and Russia according to Lavrov.