Публікація на EUobserver
The New Year began with optimism that the Ukraine crisis will be solved quickly. But the solution appears to be on Russia’s terms and at the cost of Ukraine’s national interests.
The problem goes back to the ceasefire accords endorsed by France and Germany in September 2014 (Minsk) and in February 2015 (Minsk 2), the latter precisely one year ago today.
On both occasions, Russia’s envoys sat at the table as observers, not as the representatives of an aggressor state.
The EU leaders and the US played along with the farce. It showed that their main objective was to avoid a large scale war in Europe at almost any cost to Ukraine.
They showed it again by doing nothing when Putin’s forces, a few days after Minsk 2, captured the Ukrainian town of Debaltseve amid a devastating artillery assault.
In the past 12 moths of “ceasefire” his hybrid forces have killed about 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
Nato and Ukrainian intelligence say there are still 8,500 regular Russian troops in east Ukraine and that Russia is preparing to escalate the war at any moment.
In fact, it hasn’t complied with a single point in the Minsk texts.
But the EU and the US are once again showing their true intentions.
The EU is instead piling pressure on Ukraine to fulfil its part of Minsk by devolving power to Russia-occupied Ukraine. US diplomats, as in Kaliningrad in January, are talking to Russia over Ukraine’s head.
It fills Ukrainian people with deep apprehension and mistrust.