Ukrainian president declared a cease-fire and keeps his promise.
The edition consider the program of “peaceful settlement” with fourteen steps a moderate one, which promises “amnesty for separatists”. Of course, they need to stop “illegal occupation of buildings”, then a corridor allowing them to leave Ukraine will be opened. Pro-Russian activists have misinterpreted President’s words and announce hastily that they are not satisfied with peace terms. They demand “full withdrawal” of Ukrainian Donbass forces, and Kremlin condemned the “ultimatum”.
Ukraine still can do nothing with Russia’s act of aggression. Now Ukraine could only force Russia to pay high price for Crimea.
Ukraine still can do nothing with Russia’s act of aggression. Now Ukraine could only force Russia to pay high price for Crimea. “Ukraine has stopped water supply and Crimean government admits that agricultural goods production will be decreased by half. It takes years to drill a borehole or to install new plumbing from Russia,” Guardian writes.
Petro Poroshenko deems appropriate to increase the number of inspectors of special monitoring mission OSCE in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and near checkpoints.
Ukrainian President is sure that it is necessary to invite also Russian inspectors of OSCE mission to confirm the cease-fire agreement.
Gunmen have a week to cease hostility. If they do not do this, they will be destroyed.
Foreign ministers of EU will meet on Monday to discuss the imposing of new sanctions on Russia. It is expected that Poroshenko will inform them about their plan’s realization, the newspaper writes. Now much turns on Moscow’s decision: whether it accepts the plan and uses its influence on militants who currently declare peaceful propositions. Meanwhile, Russia keeps deploying forces to the Ukrainian borders. NATO has noticed it, what causes Anders Fogh Rasmussen to make a statement on that issue.
Unnamed source in Obama’s administration explains Russian’s tactics: Russia supplies separatists with old weapons and masks them as Ukrainians.
New York Times:
Unnamed source in Obama’s administration explains Russian’s tactics. “Russia supplies separatists with old weapons, which Ukraine has, but Russians do not use any more. They try to mask their presence.” President Obama has warned Putin Russia will pay a high price if provocation continues. The consultations with European leaders about the imposing of new economic sanctions are in the process. “The new sanctions will be imposed on Russian’s financial, defense and hi-tech industries,” the newspaper writes.
Unknown American politicians are talking about the revival of the negotiations between the U.S. and European authorities about imposing new sanctions on Russia, the newspapers writes.
Foreign ministers will meet at a summit of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, June 23 to discuss the recent events in Ukraine – the decision about imposing further sanctions in Russia is not expected.
Luxembourg is waiting for new foreign minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin. It is expected that after the meeting in Luxembourg, foreign ministers will issue a statement for Russian authorities to support Petro Poroshenko’s peaceful plan and stop supporting terrorists in Donbass. The other topic for discussion will be the other side of the problem with Crimea’s annexation. It concerns the question of good imports from peninsula. The EU considers Crimea as a Ukrainian territory, therefore the import of goods, for example Crimean vines could be possible only if they have Ukrainian certificates. The latest details of economic part of Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine are planned to discuss at the meeting in Luxembourg. As it was mentioned earlier, the Agreement is planning to be signed on 27 June in Brussels. On Friday the leaders of EU countries could discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Russia at a summit in Brussels.