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.

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.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.

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 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”.

As it was predictable protesters in some eastern Ukrainian cities are seizing official buildings and demanding the celebration of referendums to join Russia as Crimea did.