Can UN Peacekeepers Bring Ukraine Peace?
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Call by Ukraine President Poroshenko for UN Peacekeepers to monitor the new ceasefire in the East testifies to his commitment, his desperation, or both.
With deteriorating climate facing media, abductions, targeted killings, disappearances, religious discrimination of Crimean Tartars & other minorities, halting opoioid substitution therapy for HIV/AIDS population in Crimea & Eastern Ukraine, dialogue with Putin in China was critical as Ukraine, Syria, & climate change challenges were discussed.
Putin Recognizes Crimea Secession, Defying the West
From 18 March NY Times: Moscow remains undaunted by Western pressure in clash of wills that created the most profound rift in East-West relations since end of Cold War, & threatens redrawn borders established by breakup of Soviet Union in 1991.
The potential of ICC prosecution of Vladimir Putin, even if small, may be the most effective deterrent for further territorial ambitions including Central Asia, the Caucuses, as well as Europe.
Armed Men in Crimea Threaten UN Envoy: Ban Dispatches Human Rights Official to Ukraine
UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, in Kiev, stressed the UN Charter principles of Unity, Sovereignty, & Territorial Integrity.
In a sign of heightened tension, road blocks flying Russian flags appeared Wednesday on main thoroughfares leading to Sevastopol, a Crimean city dominated economically & politically by headquarters of Black Sea Fleet.