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InoSMI review: is there a peaceful way out of the Ukrainian crisis and why is it too early to rejoice at the victories of the military in the Donbass

Обзор ИноСМИ: есть ли мирный выход из украинского кризиса и почему рано радоваться победам военных на Донбассе

Foreign publications continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the balance of power on the world stage

Why is Putin preparing “humanitarian aid”? - The Washington Post

The publication believes that it is not yet clear whether the agreement on the provision of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine under the auspices of the Red Cross is enough to deter Russia from a military invasion of Ukraine.

The motives for another escalation and ongoing attempts at intervention by Russia, according to journalists, are understandable.

In the areas that are holding onto the Kremlin’s forces, it’s not a “humanitarian crisis”, as he claims, but a threat that the Ukrainian army will win a military victory together with paramilitary groups. Government officials say that Kiev’s troops surrounded the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, where the remnants of the forces supported by Russia are concentrated, and before that they liberated three quarters of the territory controlled by the rebels.

So Putin faced the threat of the failure of his proteges, and this circumstance can not only weaken his grip in Ukraine, but also lead to political problems within Russia, where state propaganda is fanning nationalist passions in connection with the Ukrainian crisis.

Western leaders seem to have agreed with Poroshenko’s argument that the goal of the Ukrainian army’s military operation is not to defeat Russia, but to save Ukraine. If Putin’s forces are able to control some part of the territory, the Russian president will be able to indefinitely hinder stabilization in Ukraine, as he does in other “frozen conflicts”, carrying out subversive work against Russia's neighbors.

How to find a peaceful way out of the Ukrainian crisis - "The Financial Times"

Former British Ambassador to Moscow Rodrick Braithwaite believes that for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, you first need to think about how they all want to end this.

And we want Ukraine to be at peace with itself and with its neighbors. For the foreseeable future, the question of its membership in NATO cannot even be considered. Crimea will remain Russian. But first you need to achieve a ceasefire. Then it will be necessary to deal with urgent issues of settlement. And these are mutually beneficial trade relations between Ukraine and its neighbors, including the EU and Russia; serious efforts to stabilize its economy; additional guarantees of the rights of the Russian-speaking population; perhaps even some limited autonomy while maintaining the integrity of the Ukrainian state; and finally, the cessation of foreign interference in Ukrainian affairs.

The difficult problem of neutrality can be solved by the constitutional provision that Ukraine will remain a non-aligned state if two-thirds of its population does not vote to change this status.

The level of support for joining NATO among the Ukrainian population has never even come close to this figure. To implement the changes, you will have to wait for changes in public opinion and, of course, changes in the demographic ratio between those Ukrainians who look at Russia and those who look at the West. Something similar was present in the important agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland: it was the idea that it would not become part of the Republic of Ireland until the majority of its population so decided. Russians seeking a way out of this situation may agree to such a proposal. For western hawks, this should also be enough.

Negotiations through an intermediary will allow Russians and Ukrainians to have a conversation, having between themselves a buffer. The main thing is to transfer these efforts to the plane of practical affairs before the violence gets out of hand.

Victory in the war in the Donbass is not a reason for the joy of Ukrainians - TheTimes

Better when the bad guys lose than win. But this is not necessarily a cause for joy. The prospect that a Russian-backed uprising in Ukraine will spread north and west of Crimea, and the likelihood of a full-scale civil war, have diminished.

But the end of the most bloody conflict in Europe since the war in the former Yugoslavia (or a break in it) is not the best reason for the holiday

To win the war, the Ukrainian authorities made two deals with the devil. One is with the oligarchs, who have political influence by tycoons who hated the robber regime of Yanukovych, but do not inspire much confidence when it comes to creating a law-governed, open society.

Обзор ИноСМИ: есть ли мирный выход из украинского кризиса и почему рано радоваться победам военных на Донбассе

Another - with a volunteer militia. What will happen to them when the struggle is over? Marauding gangs of rude, self-confident armed people who expect to be treated like national heroes will undermine the country's fragile political system and not strengthen it, journalist Edward Lucas said.

The restoration of the destroyed houses, roads, schools and hospitals, according to the journalist, will place a heavy burden on the empty state treasury, not to mention improving public services sufficiently to arouse loyalty and enthusiasm among the population.

What will bring conflict with Russia to EU energy? - Slate.fr

The rise in tension between the European Union and Russia against the backdrop of the Ukrainian conflict will certainly affect the energy sector. Moscow cannot leave unanswered the economic sanctions that it adopted in late July in Brussels in order to strike at Russia's (primarily financial) interests. Moscow’s first reaction was to ban food imports from European countries. However, the real Achilles heel of Europe in the current confrontation is energy. This primarily refers to the dependence of the EU on the supply of Russian hydrocarbons and, in particular, gas.

In addition, time is working for Moscow: as reserves in the North Sea are depleted (in any case, they are ten times smaller than the Russian ones), Europe will increasingly depend on energy suppliers from other countries, led by Russia. Therefore, she needs to immediately consider alternative solutions. Oh they really exist.

Formation of gas infrastructure to strengthen ties between member countries. Thus, the states most dependent on Russian gas will be able to get the fuel they need through other channels.

“We need to complete the formation of the domestic energy market, improve infrastructure, be more rational in the use of energy resources and better master those that we have at our disposal,” insist the European Commission, as if forgetting that the European energy market has long been among its most high-profile failures.

Be that as it may, concrete action is still necessary. Brussels is already celebrating “33 infrastructure projects crucial for EU energy security”. They are among the 250 major trans-European infrastructure programs for the implementation of which a budget of 5.85 billion euros has already been allocated for the period from 2014 to 2020.

Thus, in the foreseeable future, Europe may begin by making more active use of its existing gas storages, which so far are less than half full. In addition, it can create new facilities for this and thereby create sufficient gas reserves in case of crisis situations, as has already been done in the fuel sector.