VICE travels to east Ukraine to take a closer look at what international assistance really looks like, as the presence of NATO troops is driving tensions to Cold War-era levels.
Concerns over the fairness of the Conservative government's new Fair Elections Act prompted international monitors to observe this year's election on Oct. 19. They were formally invited by the government.
A spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says people are directing their anger about the war towards the monitoring mission, forcing them to curtail operations.
Peace negotiations in Minsk quickly broke down Saturday when Ukraine's envoy reportedly accused the separatist representatives of undermining the talks.
The rebels and government were expected to exchange nearly 380 prisoners by in eastern Ukraine by nightfall, as talks between both sides were put on hold in Minsk.
Protesters disrupted an OSCE ministerial meeting in Basel, Switzerland by throwing firecrackers and bottles at police, who responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets.
Officials in Donetsk reported at least 20 deaths over the last two days, while the European Union expressed concern that the ceasefire had been broken.
The new agreement also calls for the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries and heavy artillery from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.
Neighbors in the country's turbulent east eye each other with suspicion as fear of further clashes mounts.
The landmark meeting in Belarus resulted in the first serious agreement to lay down arms in a conflict that has claimed more than 2,600 lives.
The Ukrainian parliament passed legislation securing an additional $758 million to finance military operations in the country’s east.