Currently the war in Donbass does not get as much attention by the media as several weeks ago and it sometimes seems that the whole world believes Minsk II solved the conflict in Ukraine. Taking a look on the reports from the war torn region in eastern Ukraine for the last week, suggests otherwise. Although … Continue reading Fighting in Ukraine – hot spots
Today media in the West reported of increased fighting in the Donbass region, especially at Donetsk, thus endangering the current so called “ceasefire” based on the Minks II agreement. Leaving out the question of Debaltseve, the daily reports of the OSCE special monitoring mission to Ukraine were/are not really backing the theory that the latest … Continue reading Minsk failed again?
While media has become less interested in the conflict in Ukraine in the general belief that the recent ceasefire is holding, the situation in eastern Ukraine actually remains critical. Both sides claim to withdraw their heavy weapons according to the Minsk agreements, but the OSCE can’t – as only neutral observer – confirm those withdrawals … Continue reading “Battle break” in Ukraine
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 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