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 official number of fatal casualties as a result of the war in eastern Ukraine (including many civilians) is reaching the mark of 5,000 soon and efforts to achieve peace or at least a lasting ceasefire are mocked by continuing fighting leading to more death and destruction. The once so great airport of Donetsk has … Continue reading Donbass of destruction
NATO reports today several incidents of Russian military air activity in Europe during the last two days. Groups of military aircraft, including in total six Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers that are capable of performing nuclear strikes were discovered by NATO air surveillance over the Black Sea, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in international … Continue reading Increased Russian military activity in Europe and what it means