Myth 6. There is a ceasefire now in Ukraine according to Minsk resolutions
According to the multilateral agreement between the OSCE representatives, Donetsk and Luhansk People`s Republics, Russia and Ukraine (this role was played by the second president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma), the ceasefire was announced in the warzone. After that, Poroshenko’s so-called “peace plan” should also have been implemented. However, this agreement has been permanently broken by the Kremlin-baked separatists and Russian militants. Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, affirmed in October: «From our perspective, Minsk resolution was a proper agreement, but it is not implemented. Shootings are still taking place in Donetsk airport, Debaltseve, Shakhtarsk. All external military forces have to leave Ukrainian territory.».
Another evidence of having “cease fire” only on paper is the official statistics from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: by October 15th 2014, the terrorists had violated the casefire for more than 1400 times in the war-zone. As a result, 68 Ukrainian soldiers died and 428 were injured. Moreover, at least 51 civilians were victims of the fire from terrorists’ side.. These, constant shootings have not yet stopped.
Myth 7. The war in the East of Ukraine is a civil war
Indeed, it is a true fact that Ukrainians are on both sides of a war conflict. However, there are enough evidence of Russian army presence deep inside the Ukrainian territory. There are hundreds dead Russian soldiers that are constantly sent back to Russia. “Community of soldiers’ mothers” in Russia activated campaigns towards releasing official information about the location of Russian soldiers. In fact, organization’s secretary, V. Melnikova, reported that according to their estimations, approximately ten thousands of Russian soldiers were deployed to Ukraine. Moreover, there are multiple photos of Russian soldiers with weapons and equipment in the Eastern Ukraine, which is known thanks to a geolocation tagging of social networks where these photos were posted. Russian lawyer Olena Vasileva reported that overall number of dead Russian militants in Ukraine is no less than 4,5 thousand. Lately, Russia officially declared the deaths of nearly 900 of soldiers form the list .Moreover, people who had been wounded or injured are not counted.
Dutch MP in the European Parliament Hans van Baalen told that both the EU and NATO have satellite photos of Russian troos presence deeply inside Ukraine. Amnesty International also released photos from the space that prove the presence of Russian militants in Ukraine. Moreover, majority of the “leaders” of people’s republic in the East have Russian citizenship. This is why it is more accurate to speak about this war as a proxy war of Russia in Ukraine, rather than Ukrainian civil war.
Myth 8. Russian speaking population of Ukraine wants to join Russia
It is a huge delusion (that actually Putin has first fallen a victim to) that everyone who is speaking Russian is pro-Russian. It was easy to meet Russian speaking Ukrainian patriots during the (Euro)Maidan.
Moreover, according to the result of IRI survey of residents of Ukraine, conducted on Septemer 12-25, 2014, no less than 79% of Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine oppose the decision of Russian Federation to send its army to protect Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine. In fact, total majority of people in the Russian-speaking South and East definitely do not support this decision.
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