Even as European leaders convened in Brussels over the weekend to decide that they would finally decide on how to expand sanctions in a week’s time, Russian-backed militants were rolling back Ukrainian military gains on the ground. The Financial Times:
Ukraine’s pro-western president accused Moscow of waging “direct and unconcealed aggression” amid signs that his country’s army had lost ground to Russian-backed separatist forces in the industrial eastern regions.“Direct and unconcealed aggression has started against Ukraine from the side of our neighbouring country,” Petro Poroshenko told journalists on Monday.“This has changed the root of the situation in the zone of battles . . . with it our fighting structures are now facing new and more difficult circumstances,” he added.
Putin has made his open, naked and total contempt for the strategic intelligence and the political will of the West’s leaders impossible to ignore.The only question is whether he is right. Sadly, it is not easy at this point to find hard evidence proving him wrong.