Ukraine after Minsk: neither peace nor war

Ukraine after Minsk: neither peace nor war

About a week has passed since the signing of the Minsk Agreements. Debaltsevo is the only place where the ceasefire agreement has had no effect. Luhansk leader Igor Plotnitsky said that the “militia” would not allow the military to leave the surrounded city with weapons and vehicles. He plans to discuss the situation with Alexander Zakharchenko, TASS reports. 

Politologist Alexei Poltorakov compared the developments with the atmosphere after the signing of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty, which Leon Trotsky had characterized as neither peace nor war. A few months ago, according to the expert, the Security Council of Ukraine intensified mobilization. The only good news, he goes on, is that the war has not turned into a trans-regional format of Russian-NATO confrontation, thanks to the Minsk Agreement. 

Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center of Political Information, called the machine of war very inertial, in need of time to stop after pressing the brakes. He assured that peace would come, indisputably, with the political will of Kiev, Donetsk, Luhansk, the EU and Russia. According to the Minsk Protocol, Ukraine will have held a constitutional reform by the end of 2015, decentralizing power. Implementation of the reform and special status for Donbas are the conditions needed to restore the control of Ukraine over the Russian border. 

Luhansk Prime Minister Igor Plotnitsky said that Kiev was recognizing the independence of Donbas, offering the region a special status. He added that the territory may stay as a part of Ukraine after implementation of the reform.

Sociologists and mass media are overestimating the protest potential of Luhansk and Donetsk, says Poltorakov. In his opinion, all that people want is peace. The situation may repeat itself if Kiev continues aggression, believes Mukhin.

About a week has passed since the signing of the Minsk Agreements. Debaltsevo is the only place where the ceasefire agreement has no effect. Luhansk leader Igor Plotnitsky said that the “militia” would not allow the military to leave the surrounded city with weapons and vehicles. He plans to discuss the situation with Alexander Zakharchenko, TASS reports.Politologist Alexey Poltorakov compared the developments with the atmosphere after signing of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty, which Leon Trotsky had characterized as neither peace nor war. A few months ago, according to the expert, the Security Council of Ukraine intensified mobilization. The only good news, he goes on, is that the war has not turned into a trans-regional format of Russian-NATO confrontation, thanks to the Minsk Agreement.Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center of Political Information, called the machine of war very inertial, in need of time to stop after pressing the brakes. He assured that peace would come indisputably, with the political will of Kiev, Donetsk, Luhansk, EU and Russia.According to the Minsk Protocol, Ukraine will have held a constitutional reform by the end of 2015, decentralizing the power. Realization of the reform and special status for Donbas are the conditions needed to restore control of Ukraine over the Russian border.Luhansk Prime Minister Igor Plotnitsky said that Kiev was recognizing independence of Donbas, offering the region a special status. He added that the territory may stay as a part of Ukraine after realization of the reform.Sociologists and mass media are overestimating the protest potential of Luhansk and Donetsk, says Poltorakov. In his opinion, all people want is peace. The situation may repeat itself if Kiev continues aggression, believes Mukh

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