Fears are mounting that that the war in Donbas may escalate with Moscow-backed separatists increasing their Grad attacks on Ukrainian positions -- and on residential areas.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, is preparing to visit the annexed Crimean peninsula. German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier called the situation "explosive."
On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss the uptick in fighting with RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman. Is a fresh Russian offensive coming? Or is this just Moscow's latest psyop?
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.