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
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?
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?
According to Belorussian officials the peace talks in Minsk between representatives of the Ukrainian central government and the self proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have been called off. The meeting of the contact group that was scheduled for Friday will not take place. The last negotiations on Wednesday were described as tough and … Continue reading Minsk peace talks failed
While media largely reports that yesterdays meeting of the Minsk contact group ended without any progress, separatist sources report today that the parties agreed on a prisoner exchange. 150 captured central government soldiers are to be exchanged with 225 captured separatist fighters. Meanwhile the negotiations are continued via video conferences and a new meeting in … Continue reading Ukraine – prisoner exchange planned