May 9th Updates on Ukraine
May 9, 2014 • 10:47AM

Kiev Keeps Up Military Provocations, Jeopardizing Diplomacy

Thanks to the ongoing military provocations being carried out on behalf of the British Empire's war policy by the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and the illegitimate government, the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have decided to go ahead with their referenda for autonomy on May 11. Kiev has "essentially jeopardized" the OSCE deal, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.

"Putting an immediate stop to the use of force, primarily of the regular army, and practical steps to disarm illegal armed groups are an obligatory condition," the Foreign Ministry stressed.

On the contrary, Kiev is pressing its military assault, surrounding Slavyansk with heavy equipment, storming government buildings such as that of the city council of Mariupol in the Donetsk Region, and sending in what observers say are armed men dressed in black, to be prepositioned for action.

Burkhalter Presented Putin With His Peace Plan for Ukraine

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter has presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with his four-point plan to solve Ukraine crisis. At a joint press conference with Putin May 7, Burkhalter said, "There is no reason for a conflict between East and West," according to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The four-point plan accordingly comprises the following stages: ceasefire, disarmament, dialogue, and elections, with the OSCE playing a key role as mediator and observer. He had already detailed this plan in his speech at the Council of Europe meeting on May 6 in Vienna. (The Strasbourg-based human rights organization Council of Europe has 47 member nations, 28 of which are members of the European Union; the two groups are unrelated.) Burkhalter by this time has submitted this plan to the signatories of the Geneva Convention. Following his meeting the Putin, he flew directly to Brussels for talks with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in an effort to further this plan.

Steinmeier Welcomes Putin's Proposal

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed Vladimir Putin's "constructive tone" on Ukraine today, after the Russian President told rebels to halt plans for independence votes and said his troops have pulled back from the border.

"I welcome the constructive tone that President Putin used after his meeting with the OSCE President Didier Burkhalter," Steinmeier said in a statement, calling for "what was discussed in Moscow" to be implemented immediately. "The situation is critical, but there is still a chance that we can avoid a fresh escalation in violence and the total loss of control in eastern Ukraine by diplomatic means," he said.