Friday, September 12, 2014

The West Needs to Start Facing Facts in Ukraine | Opinion | The Moscow Times

As has been the case for the past several months of increasingly nasty low-level warfare, it's very difficult to tell exactly what is going on right now in Ukraine.

A cease-fire announced on Friday appears to be holding, though there are allegations of violations by both sides. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone a day after the initial implementation and expressed their "mutual satisfaction that the sides of the conflict were observing the cease-fire regime."

Considering the way this conflict has gone thus far, it would be extremely unwise to put too much faith in these optimistic declarations: throughout the conflict, several of the worst periods of violence have followed closely on the heels of apparent de-escalations.

It won't shock anybody if the current cease-fire collapses in spectacular fashion.

However it is at the very least possible that the violence has come to an end and that some sort of political reconciliation process will soon begin. Therefore, it seems like an opportune moment to take stock of where Ukraine is and where it is heading.

Unfortunately, Western coverage of events in Kiev has been relentlessly optimistic.

Complete story at - The West Needs to Start Facing Facts in Ukraine | Opinion | The Moscow Times

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