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?
After all diplomatic efforts to end fighting in eastern Ukraine by means of a peaceful solution have failed so far, the leaders of France and Germany have initiated new peace talks in Minsk on Wednesday. Many observers consider this as possibly the last chance for a peaceful solution of the conflict (though peace is always … Continue reading Last chance for peace?
As stated in an earlier article, doubts on the planned peace conference on 15 January in Astana, Kazakhstan, were justified. Today the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany announced that the peace talks have been postponed for an indefinite period of time, because no progress in implementation of the Minsk protocol has been … Continue reading No peace for Ukraine
The planned Ukraine summit on 15 January in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana might not necessarily take place as recent media reports suggest. Ukraine’s president Petro Porosehnko initiated the meeting with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France in order to find a peaceful solution for the conflict in eastern Ukraine. French president Francois Hollande stated to … Continue reading Doubts on Ukraine summit in Kazakhstan