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
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?
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
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?