Since a while we can observe some rising tensions in Ukraine.
At first there were reports of a buildup of Russian forces near the border which was observed on Google Earth photos from November. Later on a pro Russian website has reported that Russia is taking into account that a Ukrainian attack may be launched in the coming days. Those statements although not verified at this point in credible English language sources fit into latest remarks and rhetoric from Russia’s Foreign Ministry. To add to the whole mix, recently Ukrainian church has broken off from Russian jurisdiction which can further heat up the whole situation. We also have to remember that the recent situation in the Azov Sea may be repeated as it seems evident that Russia is trying to put more pressure on Ukraine cutting of its ports in the Azov. On top of that there are elections in 2019 in Ukraine which might shift everything as we don’t know who will win. All in all 2019 might be a crucial year for the future of Ukraine.