Despite a cease-fire and the consent to withdraw heavy weaponry from a buffer zone along the front-line in Eastern Ukraine nine Ukrainian service men were killed near the Donetsk airport. According to CNN they were killed by tank fire, while some other media does not explicitly mention that, the city council of Donetsk is said … Continue reading Fighting and provocation continue
When looking for the reasons of the recent separatist developments in Eastern Ukraine, it is obvious that geostrategic and economical interests (Russia vs. the West) play an important role. It is clear which sides within Ukraine are backed by which outside powers. However, while separatist efforts can be fueled by foreign powers, there is no … Continue reading How separatism is born
Media reports suggest that the situation in Eastern Ukraine is stabilizing since Kiev and the separatists agreed on a fragile, but in total apparently working cease fire in early September. Now both sides also agreed agreed on installing a demilitarized zone of 30 km width controlled by the OSCE along the front-line. Despite that agreement … Continue reading Ukraine: half-time or real peace?
According to media reports today several thousands demonstrators protested against the war in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement in it. As usually at protest the number of participants communicated by different sources variates. The police speaks of 5000 protesters while the organizers estimate that tens of thousands participated in the protest, nearing the maximum allowed number … Continue reading Peace protests in Moscow
Today the Finnish government accepted the construction of the country’s sixth nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, where the biggest single owner is going to be Russian Rosatom (Federal Agency on Atomic Energy). Rosatom will also provide the nuclear reactor that is planned to be run with nuclear fuel originating from Russia. As a consequence of … Continue reading Rosatom-deal: Finland undermines sanctions against Russia
According to RIA Novosti a second Russian humanitarian convoy for Ukraine is currently stationed in the Rostov region in Southern Russia. The RIA Novosti article says nothing about the number of trucks, their schedule and their final destination within Ukraine, but according to Russian authorities the trucks contain among other things food, water purifiers, power … Continue reading New Russian aid convoy heading for Ukraine