To Kneel before: Poroshenko’s Working Visit to Berlin Turned into Another Lashing

Within the framework of the working visit to Germany, the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is to meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the media, the participants to the meeting will stress the Minsk II agreements; the experts believe that the German party will put pressure on Poroshenko and demand the amendment of the Ukrainian Constitution on decentralization.

Minsk Agreements at a Stalemate

The Ukrainian party has failed to implement the Minsk agreements. Until February 1st, the Supreme Council of Ukraine had to adopt a document, providing special status for the Donbass republics, but this didn’t happen. Moreover, the agreement’s configuration doesn’t satisfy both parts: the DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) and the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) are aiming to get full sovereignty and international recognition, and to become closer to Russia. Kiev is ready to use any means necessary to restrain aspirations of federalization and to the Russian-speaking populations’ right to defense.

War Once Again

The Ukrainian side increased the shelling on the territories of Donbass, including, reports indicate, the use of Grad multiple rocket launchers. Such a behavior of the Ukrainian military contradicts the Minsk agreements and shows their tendency to escalate, not to solve, the conflict.

Distant Request

The main force interested in the escalation of the conflict is the US authorities. The war in Donbass destabilizes the Heartland and deepens the contradictions between Russia and the EU. Europe, as well as Russia, is not interested in military conflicts near their borders and the worsening of relations between them. However, the European elites’ full dependence on Washington doesn’t allow them to conduct independent policy on this issue.

Petro Poroshenko’s Difficult Position

The political position of the Ukrainian president is worsening. On the one hand, he is fully dependent on Washington, who is interested in the continuation of the conflict, and, on the other hand, he is forced to follow European elites that are interested in a de-escalation in tensions. Such a situation exists inside Ukraine: the radical part of the society is aimed at full destruction of the Kiev regime’s opposition in the East, and the major part of the population, tired of the war and deep crisis, want peace at any cost.