Tying the two events together is likely a step too far. It is a civil war now.
No it isn’t a civil war. If it was the weak Ukrainian “junta” would have already been easily ejected from eastern Ukraine BY THE PEOPLE.
What we have is not a civil war but astroturfed mayhem courtesy of the Russia. The vast majority of the local population in E. Ukraine do not support their kidnapping and murders. The hostage parades and TV appearance by slovenly “seperatist” stooges only reduce their support. Putin has overplayed his hand and it is starting to catch up with him.