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United States seeks no peace settlement in Ukraine's southeast - experts

December 12, 2014, 19:16 UTC+3 Zamyatina Tamara
© Konstantin Cherginsky/TASS

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. As the ceasefire came in force in the southeast of Ukraine on December 9, the US Senate passed on Thursday “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014,” which is the bill stipulating sanctions against Russia and military support of Ukraine. The document allows the US president to supply Kiev with military hardware and impose restrictions against large Russian companies, including Gazprom and Rosoboronexport. Russian experts said in an interview with TASS that the bill was provocative and was not providing for the peace settlement in Ukraine.

Friday’s statement made by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came as a disharmony to US lawmakers’ decision. “I have positive news,” Poroshenko said. “Today, for the first time in seven months, Ukraine registered a real ceasefire.” Moreover, the Ukrainian National Defense Council posted a report on its website on December 10 saying that the army suffered no casualties.

The ceasefire in Donbass was introduced on December 9 and on December 11 leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) announced the pullout of the artillery from the front line. The steps were made on the eve of another meeting of the Contact Group on the crisis settlement, which is expected to take place in the coming days and attended by representatives from Ukraine, DPR, LPR, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Why would the United States want to supply Kiev with military hardware and announce a new set of sanctions in regard to Russia at such crucial moment for peace settlement in Ukraine?

“There is a certain dread that today’s talk on the ceasefire between the Ukrainian army and militia from the DPR and LPR are a camouflage and part of the plan to suppress the self-proclaimed republics,” Sergey Markov, the director of the Institute for Political Studies, told TASS. “Kiev officially pursues a policy of their [DPR and LPR] financial and economic suffocation.”

“Ukraine, meanwhile, urgently militarizes its economy, restores military and technical enterprises and prepares for the fourth round of draft into the Ukrainian army,” Marko said. “The anti-Russian hysteria gains momentum against this background.”

“Following the preparations stage of the Ukrainian army to attack the DPR and LPR and after receiving military and technical assistance from the United States, Kiev might try some kind of a lightning cobra jump just like the Croatian military did in 1995 with the support from the West and razed to the ground Republic of Serbian Krajina, which used to be located in Croatia. In general, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 passed by the US Senate is a continuance of the aggression against Russia,” Markov said.

Globalization Problems Institute director Mikhail Delyagin says: “In reality there is no contradiction between ceasefire in the southeast of Ukraine and US intentions to supply Kiev with military hardware.”

“Kiev authorities need the ceasefire to gain strength and amass resources. The Ukrainian army is exhausted and has strength only for shelling peaceful cities but not for taking part in combat actions. Winter in the DPR and LPR, where infrastructure was destroyed, will be very difficult. Washington and Kiev are waiting for militia fighters to become completely weak by spring and then Ukrainian army will overtake them with force,” Delyagin said.

“New US sanctions in regard to Russia, accusations against Moscow about alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) as well as threats to take counter measures are in place to force Russia into stopping its support of people in the southeast of Ukraine. All of this together pose the escalation of the new Cold War declared by the West against Russia,” Delyagin added.

President of the Geopolitical Problems Academy, Doctor of Military Science Konstantin Sivkov told TASS that “Washington’s aim stated in the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 is very obvious and it is to rearm the Ukrainian army and turn it into a reliable ally.”

“Further plans of the United States are to organize the chaos and stir the situation in Russia. The United States received all dividends from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. They are now aiming at Russia,” Sivkov added.


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