A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force on Feb. 20, Moscow and Kiev said, though some separatists were already labelling it unfeasible.
There have been an assortment of truces and ceasefires in the Ukrainian conflict, yet there has never been a complete ad total cessation of hostilities; both sides, in particular the Kiev junta’s forces, have kept up a steady low intensity firefight all along the front, with several hot spots in places like Yasyuvata and Zaitsevo.
Jim W. Dean – It comes as no surprise that the rebels are shelling the aid routes. It is their way of voting no for losing their human shields, which makes the use of heavy weapons more likely to rain down on them.
Jim W. Dean – Russia is now demanding what it knows the US cannot deliver, control over its own jihadi groups, which have been getting supplied by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who may be telling them what to do.
Jim W. Dean – Kerry publicly admits that “bad actors” have blocked progress on the political settlement, and then goes further, saying that the opposition has to distance itself more from ISIL and al-Nusra. He did not say what the US would do to make them comply.
Jim W. Dean – In all of my writing and interviews, I have stated that the Western coalition’s only motivation in the peace talks was to try win through them what they have not been able to on the battlefield, the Balkanization of Syria.
According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta —a Russian-language newspaper— radical Wahhabi militants and their key regional backer, Turkey, have not been observing the temporary ceasefire agreement.
Russian media divulges confidential information accepted by rebels in Syria regarding the two-week truce
On Tuesday, US Department of State and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group issued a joint communiqué emphasizing on participation of all the Syrian dissident groups in peace talks.