Russian Sanctions Likely To Remain In Effect, But Ineffective

Peter's Commentary: The economic sanctions that have been imposed on Russia are likely to remain in place. At least until the cease-fire in Ukraine is working properly. Angela Merkel stated today that it would be premature to ease any pressure on Moscow at this stage. European governments have been trying to decide whether to renew the sanctions, which are currently due to expire at the end of … [Read more...]

Ukraine Preparing For Full Scale War…Or Not?

Peter's Commentary: Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister, Vadym Prystaiko says he is preparing for full-scale war against Russia. Prystaiko wants Canada to supply lethal weapons and training to Ukraine. From CBC News, February 21, 2015: Vadym Prystaiko, who until last fall was Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, says the world must not be afraid of joining Ukraine in the fight against a … [Read more...]

Enforce Cease-Fire Or Not?

Peter's Commentary: The four leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine talked by phone this Thursday. They condemned the fighting which has broken out during the week and agreed to continue to implement all the measures approved on 12 February in Minsk. However, Bloomberg reports that Germany may be unable to stop weapons being delivered to Ukraine. Karl-Georg Wellmann, a lawmaker in … [Read more...]

Cease-Fire Agreed Over Ukraine

Peter's Commentary: A cease-fire agreement over eastern Ukraine has at last been worked out. It took more than 18 hours of nonstop negotiation. Ukraine's Poroshenko, Russia's Putin, Germany's Merkel and Francois Hollande agreed to a truce that starts at 12 AM on February 15. The US was notably absent from the negotiations. Due to other cease-fires not working in the past, there are doubts … [Read more...]

European Countries Fracture Over Ukraine

Peter's Commentary: Europe is no longer following the US's stance regarding Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg stated on Sunday that each NATO country should decide whether to supply weapons to Ukraine. From ZeroHedge, Tyler Durden, February 9, 2015: The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between … [Read more...]

Ukraine Heats Up

Peter's Commentary I don't care whether it's Russia or America that is the aggressor, I just wish we could all calm down about the Ukrainian situation. The last thing I want to see is a"hot" Cold War. US Considering Sending Lethal Arms The New York Times reported on Monday that the United States is considering supplying arms and equipment to the Ukrainian Army. This is due to increasing … [Read more...]

State of Emergency Declared in Eastern Ukraine

Update on the situation in Ukraine: From wsws.org, Niles Williamson, January 27, 2015: Presaging a further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Monday declared an official state of emergency in the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. He also announced that the rest of the country would be placed on high alert. The eastern Donbass strongholds of … [Read more...]

Nuclear War – Warns Gorbachev Over Ukraine

Peter's Commentary Gorbachev, who won a Nobel peace prize, warns that the tensions that have built up between Russia and Europe over the situation in Ukraine, could lead to nuclear war. From Reuters: Erik Kirschbaum, Sam Wilkin, January 9, 2014 "A war of this kind would unavoidably lead to a nuclear war," the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner told Der Spiegel news magazine, according to … [Read more...]

Ukraine Turns On Its Central Bankers After Discovering Gold Gone

Peter's Commentary Ukraine's people are getting angry about their missing gold. From ZeroHedge, 12/2/2014: As reported two weeks ago, following a stunning announcement by the head of Ukraine's central bank, Valeriya Gontareva, on primetime TV we learned that (virtually) all of Ukraine's gold was gone, or - in the parlance of Jon Corzine - had "vaporized." And as we also predicted two … [Read more...]

Putin: US Will Never Subdue Russia

Peter's Commentary Putin says that the US wants to subdue Russia, but will never succeed. He was speaking to his main support group, the People's Front. Putin at podium Photo: Global Panorama   From Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters, Moscow, Nov 18, 2014: "They do not want to humiliate us, they want to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense,"...and..."No one in history … [Read more...]