There is more shooting in Ukraine's east, with Donetsk reportedly being shelled. But nobody says who is doing it:
Fresh volleys of artillery fire were heard across many parts of the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, a Ukrainian government statement said, after Kiev warned again of rebel preparations for a fresh offensive.
A Reuters witness in central Donetsk heard several dozen blasts of artillery fire, although it was unclear who had launched them or what was under attack.
Which is odd, since if I was in charge of Ukraine's defenses, I'd sure be using artillery fire to try to disrupt the looming offensive. Who else would shell targets in Donetsk?
And if I was in charge of US policy, I'd be providing the Ukrainians with intelligence on where to shoot.
UPDATE: From four days ago, but relevant. This speaks of a Russian objective of filling in and rounding out terrain gains to make a border that is less convoluted.
We shall see if that is all Russia wants. I once thought that Russia wouldn't try to take land in the east if they really had to fight for it, but they've lost 300 troops dead so far. So I don't know their pain threshold.
UPDATE: Reports Monday of shelling at the airport--Ukrainian held--which I assume is the first target for Russia.