On 7 July German minister of foreign affairs Steinmeier calls for Ukrainian authorities to start a dialogue with separatists to cease the fire. It worth mentioning that on 6 July, when the contact group has its meeting, Rinat Akhmetov released a statement that Donetsk shouldn’t be shelled.
Frank Walter Steinmeier points out that during the past week the contact group, which has the representatives from OSCE, separatists and Kyiv authorities hold a meeting, and this meeting was “very tense”. Moreover, minister underlined that all the participants came to the conclusion that they needed to work on ceasing the fire.
German media (!!!) are afraid that Ukrainian army authority in fighting with militants will take as an example Putin’s way of waging the war against Chechen separatists. In the war with the separatists (1999/2000) the Chechen capital Grozny was razed to the ground.
American and English media on the contrary underline the progress in the development of Ukrainian armed forces.
The Times while commenting events in the east of Ukraine, notices that the “talks have moved off the dead center”. “In the best scenario for Poroshenko and his country, the rebel leadership would now surrender and its followers accept an amnesty. Failing that, they must be defeated militarily while keeping civilian casualties to a minimum,” the article writes.
“Ukrainian military finds its foot against pro-Russian rebels” – this is the title of David Herszenhorn’s report from Kyiv.
The New York Times:
The author underline the changes which happened in Ukraine’s military. Ukrainian armed forces have benefited from the enlistment of thousands of volunteers into new militias, financial donations by ordinary people, also
the United States has sent $23 million in security assistance. But even more important, experts said, was a reorganization of the chain of command and a crucial psychological shift: Soldiers surmounted a reluctance to open fire on their own countrymen.
Dugin is withdrawing from Kremlin and is bound to talk to Putin via Western media. Dugin: If Putin does not intervene, genocide could start in Ukraine.
I think Putin should have intervened earlier, Dugin says. I think that the situation in eastern Ukraine is dramatic, because the majority of the population wants to quit because they do not agree with the ultranationalist policy, which now dominates in the country.” “The Ukrainians have already stated that they want the Crimea back – Dugin explains -. Russia must be forced to wage the war because Moscow considers the Crimea as a part of its territory.”
Dugin still hopes Putin will intervene and turn the events in the east of Ukraine around or he will meet his end, – the edition is quoting his words.
The Wall Street Journal:
Meanwhile, “Russian nationalists think Kremlin has let them down,” The Wall Street Journal writes. The journalist Paul Sonne tells about the ongoing pressure from nationalists’ circles and their ideologists – imperialist Aleksander Dugin and the Stalinist writer Aleksander Prokhanov.
Russian interrogators consider unprecedented mass interrogations of Ukrainians in Russia as an important part in accusing Kyiv’s power, Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov and oligarch and Dnipropetrovsk governor Ihor Kolomoysky, in the organization and financing a blitzkrieg against separatists in the east.
La Stampa tells about the campaign of mass interrogations of Ukrainians, who live in Russia. “The Committee for investigation confirmed they have already questioned 4000 Ukrainians. To be summoned you just need to be a citizen of the neighboring country, no matter whether refuge, immigrant with work permission or just temporarily residing in Russia.”