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Ukraine Liveblog Day 245
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Rockets Launched From Donetsk As Separatist Leader Says Ceasefire Is Over
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The ceasefire in Ukraine never truly existed. There has been shelling every day since the ceasefire was agreed upon in late August. Each and every day has seen Russian-backed separatist forces attack the Donetsk International Airport, though there has also been fighting elsewhere.

Despite all of this, no one can argue that the ceasefire did not have a significant effect in many areas of eastern Ukraine where there has been little-to-no fighting for the last month and a half. The effects of the ceasefire can even be seen in Donetsk where, despite daily fighting, the intensity of the violence has been greatly diminished.

But as we've been reporting today, the explosion at a chemical plant in Donetsk has rocked the entire city with the ferocity of the explosions and secondary explosions. Now, RIA Novosti is confirming news we carried earlier -- that a key separatist leader is now calling the ceasefire over:

Monday's heavy shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk undermines the negotiation process of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Kiev, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said.

"No more talks about ceasefire, of course we are not going to sit [at the negotiating table] with Kiev," he said.

Of course, even RIA can't deny that this ceasefire was never expected to last:

On October 19, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said the self-proclaimed people's republic would never become part of a united Ukraine.

Does this mean that even the false ceasefire will be completely broken? Will fighting break out across the entire region as we saw before? Will this trigger a new wave of Russian invasion which was in full swing right before the ceasefire was signed? Time will tell, but the Associated Press is already seeing the Russian-backed rebels respond militarily to the explosion, at least in Donetsk:

On Monday, a powerful explosion shook the largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, causing shockwaves that were felt over a radius of several kilometers. Numerous buildings, including the Shakhtar Donetsk football club, were damaged as a result.

The explosion, which occurred at a rubber processing factory used to create components for ammunition, was succeeded by multiple barrages of outgoing rockets fire from the city.