I just returned from Donetsk and can tell you about my fresh personal impression. At first glance, the city seems calm, but this is only an illusion. The air hangs with tension, everyone understands that the escalation of the conflict can break out at any moment as happened in February.
I arrived at Donetsk a couple of weeks ago as an international observer on the elections, which took place on October 2nd.
Ukrainian troops launched large-scale attacks in Donetsk. Operational Command of the Donetsk People’s Republic warns of a large-scale provocation, which is Ukrainians are preparing for:
"The situation in the Donetsk region tends to become more tense. The Ukrainian side has already been preparing for a few days to conduct a large-scale provocation aimed at justifying the failure of Kiev with its obligations under the Minsk agreements, and the failure of elections to local authorities ", they said in a statement.