The US is supplying Kiev with spy satellite imagery of enemy positions in eastern Ukraine, but does so by deliberately reducing the quality, apparently so as not to anger Russia too much, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The US and UK are attempting to change the OSCE’s existing mandate in Ukraine, according to Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitality Churkin. His comments came after a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
Both sides of the Ukraine conflict were given little time to withdraw their weapons, Andrey Kelin, Russia’s representative to the OSCE, said. Despite their fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, there is significant mistrust between the parties, he added.
The situation in Ukraine arose from the developments in the 80’s when the US saw a long-term threat to their economic interests from Russia tying up with Europe, Lt Cdr Martin Packard, former NATO intelligence analyst told RT’s In The Now.
The OSCE is facing a difficult task monitoring the military hardware withdrawal by the opposing sides in Ukraine given the distances and the territory involved, Martin McCauley, author and Russia analyst, told RT.
Western nations should heed Russia's legitimate security concerns over the volatile situation in Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in a rare public statement on the crisis that has damaged relations between Russia and the West.
Russia’s largest Jewish organization has condemned the authorities of Ukraine, Baltic nations and Moldova over their official line of support to persons and groups known for close cooperation with Nazi Germany and crimes against humanity during WWII.
The president of French football club Guingamp has blasted Ukrainian football ultras who provoked clashes during the club's away match with Dynamo Kiev, saying that what he saw at the stadium was “a war with rabid dogs that wanted to fight.”
The US bears a considerable share of the blame for driving the situation in Ukraine towards the poor state it is in now, the speaker of the Russian State Duma says. The crisis threatens entire European continent.
Ukraine’s Naftogaz has paid Gazprom $15 million for gas delivery. At current levels, the prepayment covers one day's gas consumption and will be spent by Tuesday, Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov said.
The OSCE welcomes the withdrawal of heavy artillery from the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine by both sides of the conflict, the deputy chief monitor of the OSCE mission told RT, adding that the organization needs to know where the weapons are heading.