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.

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 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.

Six days after the referendum Putin has signed the act of annexation of Crimea and added to the territory of the Russian Federation the new administrative region and the port city of Sevastopol. As it was predictable Russia annexed Crimea quickly without too much effective opposition on the part of the international community apart from some bearable sanctions and speeches of condemnation.

Putin is acting as if Crimea was a Russian territory. Let’s see what will do with the rest of the Ukraine.

Yanukovych’s decision to leave Kiev in the middle of the crisis has led to his impeachment by the parliament and the appointment of an interim president and has created a dangerous situation for the country, deepening its division.