Ukraine’s president was offered support words from the Western leaders at the NATO summit and the Kremlin peace offer did not halt the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels advanced the last days and the West thinks that the advance is helped by Russian troops that are heavily armed.
The Western states back Kiev with economic sanctions against Russia and made it clear that they are not going to fight in order to protect Ukraine.
Petro Poroshenko was a guest at the NATO summit, where he was invited to meet with Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Barack Obama and other leaders of Western countries.
A joint editorial by Cameron and Obama stated:
“To the east, Russia has ripped up the rule book with its illegal, self-declared annexation of Crimea and its troops on Ukrainian soil threatening and undermining a sovereign nation state.”
The biggest surprise of the NATO summit came from Hollande since it delayed the delivery of a carrier helicopter warship to Russia. Moscow promptly responded through Maria Zakharova, Foreign Ministry deputy spokeswoman:
“France’s reputation as a reliable partner that carries out its contractual obligations has been thrown into the furnace of American political ambitions.”
Vladimir Putin offered a peace proposal and discussed it with Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday. This led to discussions about a cease-fire. However, the offer was dismissed and was labeled as a “deception”. Arseny Yatseniuk, Ukraine prime minister, declared that Vladimir Putin’s aim is to “destroy Ukraine and restore the Soviet Union”.
The pro-Russian rebels wanted independence in the past but now it does agree to a special status in Ukraine. The peace offer that Putin brought to the table allows the rebels to control Eastern Ukraine.
While talks continue, there is no cease-fire on the ground.