One headache of the European Union could become true in the next days as an impending cut of Russian gas supplies through Ukraine would hit Europe at a critical time. Gazprom announced that it will stop the transfer of gas to and through Ukraine if the country won’t pay for deliveries within the next two … Continue reading Russia’s gas weapon right on time
One of the big questions regarding the Ukraine conflict is currently whether the latest agreement that includes a ceasefire, Minsk II, is still valid or it already failed – latest with the capture of Debaltseve by separatist forces. Some argue that Debaltseve was not part of the agreement while others see it the opposite way. … Continue reading Why Europe can’t acknowledge a failure of Minsk II
It might be to early to draw final conclusions, but today’s events in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve suggest that the second ceasefire agreed upon in Minsk (Minsk II) has also failed. The widely expressed skepticism towards the recent agreement in the Ukraine conflict could have been justified. Expectations in Minsk II were never … Continue reading Minsk II failed?
In a few hours the ceasefire that has been agreed in Minsk on Wednesday/Thursday should come in force, Ukrainian army and separatist troops should stop fighting by then. This would be what European politicians call a glimpse of hope towards a real truce in Ukraines war battered east. If Minsk II will really be a … Continue reading Minsk II – farce or chance?
The latest news from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine also confirms that cluster ammunition was used during the rocket artillery strike on Kramatorsk on 10 February. According to the OSCE all missiles were fired by one single MLRS either BM-30 Smerch or 9A52-4 Tornado. All of them contained cluster sub-munition with anti-tank … Continue reading Kramatorsk – use of cluster ammunition confirmed
The president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), Ilkka Kanerva, told a Finnish news paper that Poland and Lithuania already delivered weapons to Kiev. Both countries are NATO members and support the idea of support the Ukrainian government with lethal weapons. Kanerva thus confirms suspicions that some observers already had. The available news article … Continue reading Poland and Lithuania supplied Kiev with weapons