In the months after the fall of Debaltseve, minor skirmishes continued along the line of contact, but no territorial changes occurred.
This state of stalemate led some Since the start of the conflict there have been more than 10 ceasefires, each intended to operate indefinitely, with the latest having started on 23 December 2017; both sides claim it collapsed almost instantly.
Concurrent to the events in Donetsk, armed forces led by Russian operative Igor Girkin stormed and occupied government buildings in other regional centers beginning on 12 April.
Unrest in Luhansk Oblast began on 6 April, when approximately 1,000 activists seized and occupied the SBU building in the city of Luhansk, following similar occupations in the cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv.
Involved parties agreed to a new ceasefire, called Minsk II, on 12 February 2015.
These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation (February to March 2014), and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government.On 4 May, the flag of the Donetsk People's Republic was raised over the police headquarters in Donetsk city proper.