“The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June on the fighting that has engulfed Ukraine’s separatist east. Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko were joined by the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan and three senior officials from the European Union in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The meeting came as Ukraine said its forces had captured 10 Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine and the shelling spread to a new front in the far southeast. Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of supporting and arming the rebels, which Russia denies daily” (NBC News 26th August 2014).
25th August 2014
– On the eve of his meeting with Putin at Minsk, Poroshenko dissolved Ukraine’s parliament and announced election to be held on 26th October 2014.
26th August 2014
– Immediately after Putin met face-to-face with Poroshenko over a 2-hour meeting. Putin highlighted publicly the dangers he said Russia faces if Ukraine pursues closer ties to the West (Wall Street journal). Poroshenko hurriedly left after the meeting to meet his EU backers without giving a press statement. It had to be urgent. What did Putin tell him that frightened or agitated him?
27th August 2014
– Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called a personal meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian presidents the key achievement of Tuesday’s talks involving the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan), Ukraine and the European Union.
– Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged both sides to “discard political ambitions and not to seek political dividend.”
– Poroshenko is submit a draft association agreement with the European Union to parliament for ratification in mid-September.
28th August 2014
– Poroshenko cancelled his trip to Turkey to convene a top security meeting. He said Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. The Russian representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin responded that neither Russian soldiers or equipment were spotted and that the allegations were groundless, just as in past allegations (RT News).
– Following NATO’s aggressive military posturing in Eastern Europe, Russian envoy to the alliance warned that the “configuration and activity” of its forces will impact how Russia proceeds with its own security planning and considerations (RT News).
– “Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast” (RT News).
29th August 201
– “A statement calling for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was blocked at the UN Security Council under a completely frivolous pretext, Russia’s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said, after a heated debate with Kiev again accusing Russia of full-scale invasion” (RT News). It is noteworthy that not a single Western-backed MSM reported this on a Google search “UN security council blocks ceasefire”.
Events in Ukraine are happening at break-neck speed. In the midst of initiatives for humanitarian aid to Eastern Ukraine, NATO is moving more and more into a confrontational mode. The tone of messages coming from both sides is getting tense and harsh. No doubt, the situation is getting progressively ominous. Judging by events following the Minsk meeting, whatever transpired between the two men must have gone wry. Will Putin finally snap and go on the offensive?
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.