The Ukrainian government and the eastern Ukraine rebels have agreed to a Russia-brokered ceasefire, which will be signed at 7 AM EDT on Friday morning, and will be put into effect shortly thereafter.
Both sides were hedging their bets on the deal actually going through, insisting it was dependent on the other side signing the deal, but the indications are that there is serious interest on both sides this time.
Rebel officials in particular were skeptical, saying they didn’t trust the Poroshenko government to honor its deals. Rebels noted immediately after Ukrainian President Poroshenko announced his intention to sign the ceasefire, troops began shelling the rebel capital of Donetsk.
The biggest question mark over the deal in NATO, however, which has promised to bankroll the Ukrainian government to keep the war going, and several NATO leaders have been quite critical of the Russian effort to broker the peace, accusing them of “meddling” in the war-torn nation.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- ISIS Attack in Syria's Manbij Kills Four US Troops, Wounds Three - January 16th, 2019
- Taliban Threatens to Pull Out of Peace Talks Over US Troop Presence in Afghanistan - January 15th, 2019
- US, Russia Trade Accusations of Nuclear Deal Violations - January 15th, 2019
- Mnuchin Urges Senate to Allow Trump to Ease Russia Sanctions - January 15th, 2019
- Trump May Recognize Opposition Leader as Venezuelan President - January 15th, 2019