Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Ukrainian Crisis

For weeks now Russia and the Ukraine have been at each others throats fighting mostly over their own history. This past week Ukraine's prime minister noticed what seemed to be Russian tanks near the Ukraine boarder. Although dispite recent events Russia and the Ukraine have recently been discussing a peace treaty, which would put many eastern Ukrainians minds to ease. However, according to Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, the document itself, which has been tossed around since September, has not yet been completed. Although many question the document's ability to stop the fighting, many fear that it will reach the same end as the Minsk agreement between the Russians, Ukrainians, and the Separatist which did not last very long and in a sense became practically useless. This new agreement, according to Hollande would be "based upon the territorial integrity of Ukraine." As of right now the biggest threat that Ukrainians face is the Donetsk People's Republic, a Russian nationalist group, who stated on their website that Kiev had their chance to leave Debaltseve where a large bulk of the fighting has occurred between the the Donetsk People's Republic and the Ukrainian Counter-terrorists. Some civilians are still trapped in this warzone and every effort is being made to evacuate them as well as the surrounding areas. According to the article, just within the last three weeks of January at least 224 civilians have died and over 540 have been injured by the recent fighting.

William A. Bullard 
9:09 P.M.

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