Donetsk, Feb 8 – DAN. Ukraine's trust in new US administration support pushes Kiev towards escalating the military aggression against the DPR, said the head of the Department of Political Science of the Donetsk National University Artem Bobrovskiy.

The head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk said on February 7 at the Ukraine-24 TV channel that Ukraine's army must "must respond with a shot to a shot". He also accused the Republic of shelling and violating peace agreements.

“Ukraine has thrown off its masks. They no longer conceal the aggression that they previously disguised as "provocations" by the DPR, thus Ukraine shows its attitude to the negotiations. Now that they have thrown off their masks, one last step remains: to withdraw from the Minsk agreements officially,” Bobrovsky said.

He emphasized that the aggressive rhetoric of Kiev is due to government's reliance on military and financial aid from the administration of the US President Joe Biden.

“The overseas county unequivocally hints to it by talking about the resumption of lethal weapons supplies, as well as financing Ukrainian needs. That is, the United States wants to make Ukraine a permanent provocateur, and Kiev does its job for these “thirty pieces of silver”. Ukraine is already openly shelling Donbass, openly sabotaging the Minsk agreements, everything is leading to a new round of escalation of the conflict,” the political scientist concluded.

The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire were signed at the Contact Group meeting on July 22 to reinforce and control the indefinite ceasefire in effect since July 21, 2019, the latest in the series of more than 20 reconfirmation and announcements of the “silence regime”. The package came into effect on July 27. *ot