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Even if you only listen to the first 10 minutes of last night's program, please take the time to do so. The "Minsk Agreements" for peace in Ukraine are soon to be dead, completely nullified by recent political actions in Kiev.
It is extremely important that you understand what has happened and John and Steve discuss these details in the first segment of last evening's discussion. The Minsk Agreements, so urgently cobbled together by Merkel and Hollande last month, allow for the following steps to be made for a cease fire and lasting peace in Ukraine:
- The immediate withdrawal of heavy artillery from the front lines of SE Ukraine
- A political agreement that called upon Kiev to negotiate with representatives of The Donbass
- These negotiations would seek to give The Donbass a "special status" but remain within Ukraine and governed by Kiev
- Finally, there would be votes taken in eastern Ukraine to elect local authorities under national Ukrainian law
However, late last week, the government in Kiev passed new, additional legislation that said, in effect, that none of the steps outlined above per Minsk would be undertaken until the Donbass leaders surrendered to Kiev. This resolution out of Kiev referred to The Donbass as "occupied territory" and assured that no discussion, no elections and no special status would be granted until said surrender took place.
So, now, wait a minute. The NAF was clearly "winning" the civil war with Kiev when the shooting stopped last month but now the NAF leaders are supposed to surrender to Kiev in order for peace to move forward? Seriously?? Something tells me that's not going to happen.
And why would Kiev take these steps to sabotage this process...a peace plan so desperately sought by Merkel and Hollande? Well, it seems that the U.S. is the only Kiev "ally" that still desires war. Just Monday, two days after the Kiev vote sabotaged the Minsk Agreements, the U.S. House voted overwhelming approval of the notion that the the U.S. should now send offensive, heavy weapons to Kiev: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-24/us-house-votes-348-48-arm-ukraine-russia-warns-lethal-aid-will-explode-whole-situati Did the U.S. State Department (Victoria Nuland et al, acting at the behest of The White House) actively encourage their puppets in Kiev to take these actions? Recall that the U.S. was never directly involved in the Minsk negotiations in the first place.
And, of course, Russia quickly responded as the state Duma is once again considering a move that will grant Putin the power to directly intervene militarily in Ukraine should the U.S. move to arm Ukraine with the heavy weapons the U.S. Congress seems so eager to supply: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/25/4960
Look, this is exactly why we've been covering this story now for over a year. Besides the fact that this crisis has accelerated The End of The Great Keynesian Experiment in almost countless ways (China-Russia relationship, new Russian SWIFT alternative, new currencies proposed, Russian-China gas pipeline, etc etc etc), this situation has the real potential to evolve into the worst and most dangerous international event since The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Though the American and European media are once again largely ignoring this story, I urge you in the strongest terms possible to stay on top of the situation. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to listen each week to Batchelor and Cohen. Please listen to last night's episode right now.