The Prime Minister of Donetsk People's Republic, Russian citizen Alexander Borodai, announced his resignation Thursday.
Denying reports that he was fleeing his responsibility as government's attack grew stronger, Borodai said that someone native of Donetsk is more fit to lead.
"I think that the worst is over. Yes, we are in a very difficult military situation but every day this situation changes for the better and our armed forces grow stronger," Borodai told press.
He said that even with his resignation, he will still take the position of the deputy prime minister.
Local Field Commander and a native of Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko, will replace Boradai. Zakharchenko used to lead a fleet of amateur fight enthusiasts who supported Ukraine's deposed president Viktor Yanukovych.
Meanwhile, residents of Donetsk continue to flee the region as mortar attacks continue, becoming all the more frightening during nighttime.
Once populated by 1 million people, Donetsk is now shrouded with a terrifying silence as those residents who chose to remain fear for their lives.
"There is no good answer. If I stay, I lose. If I go, I lose. We, the normal people, are the ones suffering the most in this war. What is there for us to win at all by this fighting?" Eneha Elena, a hotel operator, told FoxNews.com.
US had consistently accused Russia of providing aid to pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine while Russia had accused Ukraine of using cluster bombs against civilian targets.
As the blame game persists, an all-out war between Ukraine and Russia with Western powers being involved is intensifying hastily.
US kept calling for Moscow to stop aiding pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine.
"When addressing the humanitarian situation, we cannot lose sight of one underlying fact: Russia can STOP this. The surest way to end the violence is for Russia to stop the flow of fighters, weapons, and MONEY from Russia into eastern Ukraine," US Deputy Ambassador to the UN Rosemary Di Carlo said.
DiCarlo underlined that Russia can end it all and that the "violence ends the day Russia suspends aid to the insurgents."
The Ukrainian military on the other hand is being accused of using phosphorus bombs. The use of such bombs is prohibited by the Geneva Convention of 1949.
"A soil sample showed that the army has used prohibited incendiary bullets near Slavyansk," a spokesman for the Russian investigating body said.
"It is real war. Despite international agreements, Kiev is continuing its military operations. Residential areas are being shot at, and there is even the use of cluster bombs," Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.