What The Shootout In Western Ukraine Means For Peace

What does the latest clash in Ukraine mean for the ceasefire agreement?

Jul 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM ET

Internal conflict between clashing factions in Ukraine has intensified in the aftermath of a Saturday shootout, raising fears of more violence.

Approximately a dozen members of Right Sector—Ukraine’s right-wing militia—clashed with local police in the weekend shootout, which took place outside a sports complex in Mukachevo, Ukraine, the Associated Press reported. The complex is reportedly connected to Mikhail Lano, a parliament member who is adamantly against Right Sector, said Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the interior ministry. Gerashchenko said three people were killed and seven others, including policemen, were injured in the violence. Right Sector announced that two of its members were killed, according to Ukrainian press.

Right Sector erected a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kiev Sunday reportedly to block the entry of military equipment, which would have been used to break up a protest the group was organizing, Russian news media reported. The militia has called for protests across western Ukraine and for an end to the Minsk ceasefire agreement. It wants to declare war against pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country.

Video footage posted on YouTube Saturday showed members of Right Sector shooting AKs and machine guns at police.

Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government are warring in eastern Ukraine for control of the country, while the western part of the country, under the control of the Ukrainian government, has remained mostly free of armed conflict until Saturday.

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