'Minsk II' - What About
Foreign Troops in Ukraine?
By Daniel McAdams
February 15, 2015 "ICH"
- - After a marathon 17 hour negotiation
session, the leaders of Russia, Germany,
France, and Ukraine agreed on an upgraded
ceasefire plan, "Minsk II," that lays out 13
points to be implemented by the west-backed
government in Kiev and the
independence-seeking regions in eastern
While there is
much to be skeptical about in such an
agreement -- the devil is always in not just
the details but especially in the
interpretation of the agreement -- there is
one point of the plan that appears very much
According to a
translation of the 13 points, point
number ten reads:
All foreign troops, heavy
weapons and mercenaries are to be
withdrawn from Ukraine. Illegal armed
groups would be disarmed, but local
authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk would
be allowed to have legal militia units.
There are two very
significant points to ponder in this
statement to which all sides agreed. First,
it is most likely that when proposing this
point, France and Germany, along with Kiev,
were thinking of what they claim are as many
as 10,500 regular Russian soldiers fighting
inside Ukraine. For this point to be
implemented and thus the plan carried out in
good faith, the "10,500 Russians" as well as
a handful of French and other volunteers for
the breakaway regions must return home.
But the statement is unequivocal: All
foreign troops must leave Ukraine.
What about US troops, including CIA and
Special Forces, that are
said to be assisting the US-backed
government in Kiev? Would Kiev not have the
same obligation to expel these foreign
troops? And, most importantly, what of the
600 US paratroopers that are to be sent
by President Obama to train the Ukrainian
military starting next month?
Would it not be a violation of "Minsk II"
ceasefire agreement for the US to go through
with sending 600 troops into Ukraine?
The second important issue to consider about
point ten of the agreement is the 10,500
regular Russian army troops that Kiev claims
are fighting in the breakaway east. Russia
has always maintained that this claim is a
fiction and has called on Kiev and
Washington to produce some evidence for the
claim. Surely a satellite photo would easily
prove such a claim.
However, something significant will happen
either way on point ten of the agreement.
There are three possibilities: either, 1)
Russia will initiate a massive withdrawal
of troops that will be easily visible to
anyone watching; 2) Russia will not initiate
a massive and easily visible withdrawal of
troops from eastern Ukraine because it
chooses to violate the "Minsk II" agreement;
or, finally, 3) Russia will not initiate a
massive withdrawal of troops from eastern
Ukraine because there are no regular Russian
army troops in eastern Ukraine.
In other words, point ten of the agreement
is key to determine who is lying about
Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
Indeed, point ten appears a make or break
issue in the agreement. Will Kiev break the
agreement by allowing in 600 American troops
-- or even American weapons? Will Russia
finally prove or disprove the claims made
about the Russian military in Ukraine?
Something interesting is bound to happen
soon. Don't count on the western mainstream
media to report it, however.
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