February 21, 2015

Minsk failure

It doesn’t mind what was signed in the Minsk agreement on Ukraine. The pro-Russian forces continued their attacks untill they have taken the city of Debaltseve. There were no will to comply untill that strategic town fell in their hands. And now Kiev accused Moscow to send more tanks and troops, in an apparent building of forces to prepare an assault on Mariupol. Russia always denies the accusations. But the rebel’s military might do not come just from what they took from the defeated Ukrainian forces. They have had an evident external help.

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, said last Wednesday that “Russian forces, artillery and air defence units as well as command and control elements are still active in Ukraine. Russia has supported the separatists with forces, training and advanced weapons. And there has been a steady buildup of tanks and armoured vehicles across the border from Russia to Ukraine. I urge Russia to end its support for the separatists. And withdraw its forces and military equipment from eastern Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk agreement.The separatists should halt all attacks immediately. And allow OSCE monitors full access.”

The truce negotiated in Minsk has been a failure till now. Thousands of civilians trapped are victims of this situation. Let’s see if the pro-Russian forces will rest now that they have the control of Debaltseve, or encouraged by the victory will decide to go on and launch an attack on Mariupol with Russian help. In that case, Minsk would be a useless piece of paper signed only to please the public opinion but without a real intention to comply, at least by the pro-Russian forces who are now winning on the battlefield and don’t want to retreat as the agreement says.


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  1. My “like” means thank you for writing this.

  2. It’s so obvious that I doubted about the convenience of publishing of this post, but finally today i decided to press the button “publish”

  3. You were right to publish it.

  4. Thank you

  5. Today I read an account from the British House of Lords about the EU sleepwalking to Minsk and I completely agree Ukraine Crisis. I am not political but from the beginning I maintained hands off the Ukraine. We do not understand it, it is a Russian-Ukraine problem and things do not work as they do in our part of the world. Whether I agree or not is not the point, the point is that politicians sit through the night, discuss a peace treaty which we knew would not be maintained and they go home and things remain as they were. No-one wants a war, but this playing with boycotts and signing documents which have no real impact on the situation is not the solution is it.

  6. It’s not the solution. It’s a war and a big geopolitical problem. Half Europe depends of the gas pipelines that cross Ukraine. Unfortunely wars get decided in the battlefield.The pro Russians are advancing and the division of country is deeper and deeper. And at this moment Russia has the upper hand.

  7. But the West don’t seem to be solving anything. Putin is probably laughing at us and we have not proved very much up to now. It would be nice if Putin agreed and let the Ukraine do what they want to, but he won’t. He has a lot of support in his country and it seems to me that our politicians are having dreams which will not happen. No-one wants a war, Putin is very sly, but I am not so pro Ukraine either and I definitely wouldn’t want world war 3 to begin because of a Russian dispute. If Putin wants to turn the gas off, he will and our silly littly boycotts which don’t seem to be bothering him, will not help.

  8. You’re probably right. Putin already sent a message to the world in a speech to his military. This war is already going on and today I don’t see a way to stop it. I guess they will continue fighting untill the “rebels” get the territory they want. As you said no-one wants a World War III and I don’t think it will happen because of Ukraine. Putin already has control of some territories in some other countries of the former Soviet Union and nothing happened. Call me a pessimist but I foresee a long war if things go on like now.

  9. My youngest son was in Georgia for a conferece a month ago and was not impressed. He was glad to get home again.

  10. I don’t blame him

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


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