On April 5, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reported that uncontrolled shootings begin in the Donbass region. He stressed out that decisions to open fire are made on the spot by the field commanders of the Ukrainian forces.
It seems that the Kremlin changed its tacit policy towards the military escalation in Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow officials made a number of loud claims:
” The Kremlin considers that it is important to ensure the safety of all citizens of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass” – said Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia.
“The Russian army moves through the territory of Russia, the way and where it sees fit” – the Kremlin.
“The Russian army does not pose any threat to any other country in the world” – the Kremlin.
“The Kremlin does not see any reason to doubt the veracity of the reports on the death of a child in Donbass: it is difficult to imagine that it was a fake, said the Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.”
In recent weeks, large-scale movements of Russian troops towards the borders with Ukraine and in Crimea have been observed. This served as an excuse for the Ukrainian side to mobilize its forces. However, Kiev is silent about the movement of its own echelons with military equipment towards DLPR, which took place weeks before the maneuvers in Russia. The movements of the Russian troops on the territory of their own country are rather of a retaliatory measure.
According to the special statement by Public Militia of Donetsk People Republic (DPR), on April 3, Ukrainian soldiers carried out an attack on civilian settlements, using an UAV trapped with an improvised explosive device. The attack was carried out by the Ukrainian 59 brigade in the village of Aleksandrovskoe, DPR. As a result, 5-years-old boy was killed and a women was injured. Amid the claims that such reports are false, photos of the allegedly killed boy emerged online.
Despite different claims from the both sides, it is evident that the death of a child, real or fake, may serve to create a sacred victim and trigger the following sharp military escalation.
Previously, the Kremlin was not active in public debates on the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, commenting only on the issues that were directly related to the Russian Federation. It is highly likely that Moscow is going to change its policy in coming days.