Nemtsov Report Details Human and Financial Costs of War in Ukraine for Russia. At least 220 soldiers killed and more than $1 billion spent.
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.
John Kerry said that his country “is prepared to consider rolling back sanctions on Russia when the Minsk agreements of September 2014, and now this agreement, are fully implemented. that would mean a the facto recognition of the annexation of Crimea which triggered the sanctions.
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.
Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a phone conversation with the head of European Commission, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, that he can take Kiev in two weeks if he want. But the Kremlin says Putin’s remarks were taken out of the context and had a very different meaning, according to Russian media.
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.
The billionaire businessman and pro-European politician Petro Poroshenko, was elected president of Ukraine in the first round. He has been minister of foreign affairs with president Viktor Yushchenko and also minister of Economic Development and Trade with the recently deposed Viktor Yanukovich.