Elections results in Ukraine
Petro Poroshenko didn’t win the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. With the 80% of ballots counted his party was slightly behind the People’s Front of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Both are pro western parties but with different ideologies.
Ukraine will have gas for the winter, Poroshenko says
President Pedro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine will have Russian gas for the winter after his meetings with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Milan. Gazprom CEO said that Ukraine has agreed to all terms set by Russia to reach the agreement. The two leaders didn’t make much progress in the peace process in eastern Ukraine. In Donetsk, the rebels have said that they are ready to stop firing if Russia acts as a guarantor of security in the region.
UN: At least 3,660 people killed in eastern Ukraine since April
At least 3,660 people were killed and 8,756 wounded in eastern Ukraine since mid April to 6 October, the UN Human Rights Office sad on Wednesday. According to the last report the office has, there are 375,792 internally displaced people in Ukraine because of the violence.
Putin and the Ukrainian border
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Minsk on Wednesday. They shook hands and talked about the Russian paratroopers recently detained in Ukraine among other things. Putin tried to diminish importance to the incident saying it was an isolated mistake. But just next day have been reports of rebels backed by Russian soldiers entering in one town in southeastern Ukraine. The border is extremely porous.
Ukraine: Insurgents Disrupt Medical Services | Human Rights Watch
Ukraine: Insurgents Disrupt Medical Services.They have threatened medical staff, stolen and destroyed medical equipment and compromised the ability of civilian patients to receive treatment. Insurgent forces have also expropriated ambulances and used them to transport active fighters.| Human Rights Watch.
Ukraine and Russia
The Ukrainian crisis reached today a new dangerous level of escalation. According to Russian media, early Sunday a cross border shelling hit a private home in a town called Donetsk situated in the southern Russian Rostov Region killing a Russian man and wounding two women. Russian authorities blamed the Ukrainian forces and said their country will give a tough response to the shelling of its territory.
The leaders of the regions of Ukraine that held referendums last Sunday proclaimed independence and expressed their will to join the Russian Federation. Kiev considers the vote a farce.
Putin and the Ukrainian elections
Putin has changed a bit his discourse on Ukraine and now says that “the presidential election the Kiev authorities plan to hold is a step in the right direction”.
The agreement on Ukraine
An agreement to ease the Ukrainian crisis was reached in Geneva on Thursday. Kiev was represented by its government. But who represented the rebels? Maybe Russia?. Do they have authority over them?
If Putin says Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, it must be true. He won’t say it, but he must know exactly what’s going on in the Eastern regions where armed groups have seized official buildings and are asking for independence from Kiev and even the annexation to the Russian Federation, as Crimea did.