Another day has come and gone, and another 24-hour period of calm in Eastern Ukraine, with no casualties reported on either side, though both continue to complain that the other has been “incomplete” in withdrawing heavy weaponry.
As required by the Minsk ceasefire deal, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to parliament a draft law that will grant a status of comparative autonomy in the rebel east, with an eye toward settling the conflict.
You’d think everything was going exceedingly well, but Poroshenko is still griping, claiming Russia is “breaking the ceasefire” constantly, and demanding that the international community impose punitive sanctions on them.
Russia, along with France and Germany, brokered the Minsk ceasefire in the first place, a fact that appears not to be sitting well with Ukraine. At the same time, German officials have recently been expressing growing annoyance at the allegations against Russia, particularly from US officials, who they accuse of trying to sabotage the ceasefire.
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Shut up Poro and sign the paper.
Poroshenko also wants FIFA to boycott the soccer championships to be held in Russia. He is really desperate.
Mar 12, 2015 Prisoners of War in Donetsk Airport: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 101)
VICE News travels to the bomb-ridden remnants of Donetsk Airport in eastern Ukraine, where under the command of pro-Russia separatists, Ukrainian prisoners of war are being ordered to dig out the bodies of their fallen comrades.
Amazing, porky opens his gob and nuland's foul breath comes out.
The fact that Mr Ditz is still trying to hype a supposed "split" in NATO reveals his fear that NATO is going to take Putin out. It probably will have to. For Israel's sake. Europe is America's advanced base for the defence of Israel. It can't defend Israel without first defending Europe. By letting Putin stut up and down thumbing his nose at it, the US has sent Teheran (among other places) a message that the US is no longer willing to defend its friends and capitulates to nuclear blackmail. That's what has Bibi running up and down like a wild man and demanding an immediate attack on Iran. As long as Putin is "getting away with it", an attack on Iran is totally useless. As long as they see the US still on the run, they'll just bounce back. Once Putin has been firmly dealt with, the message to Teheran will be crystal clear and an attack will be unnecessary. That logic is probably already clear to NATO leaders. They're just waiting for Putin to see if Putin wants to put his head in the noose or capitulate.
So…it is all about helping, or saving, or promoting Israel. Do you ever consider your own country´s World interests? Maybe I am only an old-fashioned person but I was brought up to respect my own State. And we do not even have an Oath of Allegiance. Have you taken one? Who did you pledge yourself to? As for waiting for Putin to fold, I suggest to pick up a very thick book, to while away your time.
The “truce” is a sham. Just like the one in September, it’s honored more in the breach than the observance. Reports from the front show the Ukraine forces continue to shell civilian areas and conduct local firefights, although there is no actual offensive.
The Ukraine forces have not withdrawn the bulk of their artillery as the East Ukraine forces have. What the Ukraine military is doing is pulling back their heavy weapons under the observation of the OSCE, then telling the OSCE they can no longer follow the convoy, then moving the weapons back into different positions.
No one expects this “truce” to last longer than the next 2-4 weeks, if that. The Ukraine military are rebuilding and relocating their forces preparatory to a spring offensive and that’s it. Meanwhile the rest of the Minsk 2.0 agreement is a shambles, with nothing being done to implement it.
As long as the US is in total control of the Ukraine government, this war will not end.
Something mildly interesting happened last week; relevent to either Ukraine or Latin America/Venezuela. http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/12/4420 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frO1T3vZNrA
Jen Psaki: Uh, these latest accusations like all previous such accusations are ludicrous. As a matter of longstanding policy the US does not support [well, coups, among other things. Blabber, blabber.].
Matt Lee: […] Whoah! Whoah! Whoah! […] How longstanding is that? […] In particular, in South and Latin America […]. That is not a lonstanding practice.
Jen Psaki: Well my point, here, Matt, without getting into HISTORY [emphasis hers…and she seemed to be backing off, or at least trying to circumvent, the assertion she just made]. […]
State Dept has yet to post the March 5th & 11th dpb on it's website. Going by Psaki's sweater, it pretty much had to have happened on the 11th. And the above clip is all there is of that dpb that I can find. So how embarrassing that must have been?
Key neocon words:
Ludicrous: applies to that which fools they count on influencing won't know that they don't know.
History: seems like there's been some particular concern that history not come up of late…Mr. Raimondo noticed this at least once…
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