As the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany are meeting today in Berlin to discuss next the implementation of the next steps of Minsk II, fighting in the Donbass intensified during the last 48 hours significantly mocking anyone who still believes there is a valid ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. The truth is that … Continue reading The big farce in Ukraine
Amnesty International accuses “pro-Russian armed groups” for torturing and executing Ukrainian prisoners of war (POW). According to the organization the Ukrainian prisoner of war Ihor Branovytsky, who was captured at the Donetsk airport, was hit and executed by a separatist commander. Amnesty International refers to video footage it reviewed and to alleged eye-witnesses. Amnesty International … Continue reading AI – separatists executed Ukrainian POW
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?
Western and Russian interests collide in Ukraine in several economic and political areas as discussed e. g. here. One economic area that has recently attracted more attention in the mass media is the Ukrainian agricultural sector which is becoming increasingly attractive for foreign investors from Russia, the West, but also Saudi-Arabia. The fertile Ukrainian soil … Continue reading Ukraine in the claws of the agroindustry
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