The following is a list of the five SMMs in the country, in alphabetical order.1.
Russian-backed SMM in Crimea, Ukraine: Russia-backed forces in Crimea have recently escalated attacks on the town of Ivano-Frankivsk.
They are trying to take over the town, which has a large Russian-speaking population.
They also reportedly have a base in the city of Mariupol, where they have established a camp for the local residents.2.
Ukrainian-funded SMM: Ukraine-backed Ukrainian forces have attacked Ukrainian-supported Ukrainian positions in the region of Debaltseve, in the east of the country.
Ukrainian forces reportedly destroyed several Russian-made artillery pieces near the town.3.
Ukrainian government-backed government-owned SMM – Ukrainian army: The government-controlled Ukrainian military in Donetsk and Luhansk region has reportedly taken over the local government office in the town Obolonovka, killing four people.
A local source told The Associated Press that the attackers killed a local deputy and a local police officer.
The Ukrainian government denies any involvement in the attack, but the local authorities are under pressure from international monitors to explain why they have not moved to arrest the attackers.4.
Russian government-funded government-run SMM : A Russian-funded and government-operated government-led anti-terrorist task force is alleged to have killed at least 30 Ukrainian security officers and seized the headquarters of the Odessa city police headquarters.
The task force was accused of committing “crimes against humanity” in Odessa.5.
Russian state-funded, state-operated SMM The Russian Defense Ministry has reported that it is conducting airstrikes against Islamic State-affiliated targets in the eastern province of Dnipropetrovsk.
The Russian state has denied the reports.6.
Ukrainian army-backed, Russian-controlled SMM and pro-Russian rebels: Ukrainian forces are reportedly battling pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Russian forces reportedly used heavy weaponry in the conflict.
One of the Ukrainian military’s most advanced vehicles is believed to be used by the pro-Russians in the battle.
The Ukrainian government has denied any involvement with the fighting in eastern Donetsk.7.
Ukrainian armed forces-funded (Kiev-controlled): The Ukrainian military has reported a new round of airstrikes against pro-Kiev separatists in the Donetsk region.
Russian and Ukrainian officials said the strikes were in response to the shelling of Ukrainian positions by pro-government forces in the area.8.
Russian military-funded armed forces (Kremlin-controlled) and pro, pro-Ukrainians armed forces: Russian forces have reportedly moved into the town Krasnyi Luch in the province of Luhanske.
A pro-Ukraine militia group, the Dnieper Battalion, said it was taking control of the town and surrounding areas, including the Krasnoi Lutsk military base.
Russian forces reportedly took control of Krasnodon military base in Luhanaske on March 4, and it is now unclear where the base is.
It is not clear if Russian forces are operating in Krasnevskiy or the Luhaneske area.9.
Ukrainian military-controlled armed forces and pro Russian armed forces in eastern Donbass: In eastern Donetsk, pro Russian forces have taken control of a strategic village called Krasnoskoye, in a conflict that has killed more than 80 people.
The attack on Krasnia-Porlovka village in the center of Donetsk came after Ukrainian forces killed at the village.
The attack on the Korsun district of Donetsk, however, is believed by some to have been carried out by Ukrainian government forces.
The fighting is likely to continue in the days ahead.
The government of Ukraine has said it is prepared to use force against pro rebels, but it has not yet officially stated what that force might be.10.
Russian army-linked armed forces, pro rebels: