"The battle at the Debaltseve bridgehead has presently reached an unprecedented intensity. The troops of the regular Russian army are conducting massive shelling of the Ukrainian positions using artillery and mortars. Under the cover of fire the Russian troops storm our strong points, trying to break through the defensive perimeter.
"The peace agreements in Minsk as of now have not reduced the tension, but on the contrary, led to escalation. The enemy concentrated at least two battalion tactical groups, reinforced by artillery units in the area of Lohvynove-Kalynivka. The elimination of the Lohvynove-Kalynivka center of the resistance can only be done with serious massing of forces and means.
"The enemy is trying to disrupt the counterattack against Lohvynove and tie up our forces by attacking on all fronts of the bridgehead. The enemy artillery is conducting massive raids on our strong points and lines of deployment of our forces.
"The Ukrainian troops fire back, repel the attacks, but it is clear that as a result of redeployment of additional units from Russia and other parts of the front the Russians concentrated forces that at the very least match our group in numbers and firepower in the Debaltseve area. It is Russian regular army that is engaged in fighting. It seems that Putin has decided to demonstrate that he does not care about the opinion of the West and the Minsk Agreement, and he will wage war at any cost. This is not peace but an actual full-scale war," Butusov wrote.