The cease-fire was set to start on Saturday, but in the meantime reports indicate that Vladimir Putin and Russia may already be increasing tension in Ukraine again. Business Insider noted that Russia sent a giant convoy of military equipment and new troops into Ukraine as the peace talks were ongoing:
About 50 tanks, 40 missile systems, and 40 armored vehicles crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia via the Izvaryne border crossing into the separatist Luhansk region, a Kiev military spokesman said on Thursday.
Armored columns of Russian-speaking soldiers without insignias have advanced around Debaltseve, which has seen heavy fighting recently.
The tanks and military hardware was entering Ukraine even as Russia denied sending military equipment into Ukrainian territory, said Ukraine spokesman Andriy Lysenko.
Since fighting started nearly 10 months ago, the conflict has claimed more than 5,300 lives, the AP reports. World leaders and those within Ukraine have blamed Vladimir Putin and Russia for heightening the conflict when it first started sending troops and military equipment into the contested region in eastern Ukraine last summer.
Full article: Vladimir Putin Sends New Convoy Of Tanks And Military Equipment Into Ukraine As He Brokers Peace Deal (The Inquisitor)