Donbas war: Withdrawal of forces in Donbas – cover for Putin's new attack: UT poll

20:33 Oct. 17, 2016

Withdrawal of forces in Donbas – cover for Putin's new attack: UT poll

Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov with Vladimir Putin (Photo by Dmitry Azarov / Kommersant)

UT audience see no peace process in Donbas and consider Putin's diplomatic manoeuvres as a disastrous conspiracy

Last week we asked our readers their opinion on the current controversial situation in Eastern Ukraine: "Withdrawal of forces in tandem with escalation in Donbas – what's going on?" It appears, Ukraine Today audience think the future is rather dark, and peace in Ukraine is currently unavailable since it contradicts with the interests of the Key player, who initiated the war itself – Vladimir Putin.

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As a result, only about 9% of the responders chose the answer "Peace process: Minsk-2 working despite problems" and considered the situation as evolving in right direction. Same quantity voted that's all an imitation and useless attempt to revive the Minsk agreements. 

Two times more people – almost 21% – decided the situation is a consequence of Western pressure on Ukraine with the aim to stop the actual war and get back to diplomacy, despite Putin gets more and more unnegotiable partner.

Read also ‘West Putting Pressure On Wrong Side': 7 reasons to reject Steinmeier and Ayrault's offer

And three times more people than the last figure decided all withdrawal thing, combined with the escalation is no less than Putin's conspiracy, because he always attacks under cover of ‘peace talks', and demonstrated it in assault on Ukrainian Debaltseve during Minsk talks and offensive on Syrian Aleppo during ceasefire and Kerry-Lavrov agreements. Such answer was chosen by almost 62% of our respondents. After today drones spotted another large concentration of Russian weaponry in Donbas, and Army reported of 61 militant attacks overnight along the whole front with excessive use of heavy artillery on Ukrainian civilians – this pessimistic variant seems to be the most reasonable. Where Putin's plans are going to get him - we might see really soon. 

"No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy," Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke the Elder.


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