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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 Donbas?

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 influence 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 clear whether the agreement on rendering humanitarian aid to Ukraine under the auspices of the Red Cross is enough to keep Russia from a military invasion of Ukraine.

The motives of the next escalation and the ongoing attempts of interference from Russia, in the opinion of journalists, are quite understandable.

In areas that hold the Kremlin’s forces, there is not a “humanitarian crisis,” as he claims, but the threat that the Ukrainian army, along with the militias, will win a military victory. Representatives of the authorities declare that the Kiev troops surrounded the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, where the remnants of the forces, supported by the support of Russia, are concentrated, and before that they liberated three quarters of the territory that was under the control of the rebels.

So Putin faced the threat of failure of his henchmen, and this circumstance can not only weaken his grip on Ukraine, but also lead to political problems inside Russia, where state propaganda inflates nationalistic passions in connection with the Ukrainian crisis.

Western leaders seemed to agree with Poroshenko’s argument that the goal of the military operation of the Ukrainian army was not to defeat Russia, but to save Ukraine. If Putin’s forces manage to keep some part of the territory under their control, the Russian president will be able to indefinitely prevent stabilization in Ukraine, as he does in other “frozen conflicts”, conducting 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 Rodrik Braithwait believes that for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, you first need to think about what everyone wants to finish.

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 cease-fire. 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 preserving the integrity of the Ukrainian state; and finally, the cessation of foreign interference in Ukrainian affairs.

The difficult problem of neutrality can be solved at the expense of 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 NATO membership among the Ukrainian population has never even come close to this figure. To effect change, one will have to wait for a change in public opinion and, of course, a change in the demographic ratio between those Ukrainians who are looking to Russia and those who are looking to the West. Something similar was present in an 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. Russian, seeking a way out of this situation, can agree to such a proposal. For western hawks, this should also be enough.

Negotiations through an intermediary will allow the Russians and Ukrainians to have a conversation with a buffer between them. The main thing is to translate these efforts into practical actions before the violence gets out of control.

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

Better when the bad guys lose than they win. But this is not necessarily a reason for joy. The prospect that the uprising supported by Russia in Ukraine will spread north and west from the Crimea, and the likelihood of a full-scale civil war has diminished.

But the end of the bloodiest 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 - with oligarchs - political tycoons who hated Yanukovych’s robber regime, but they don’t inspire much confidence when it comes to creating a law-driven, open society.

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

The other with volunteer militia. What will happen to them when the fight 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, says journalist Edward Lucas.

The restoration of destroyed homes, 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 the conflict with Russia bring to the energy sector of the EU? -

The rise in tensions between the European Union and Russia against the background of the Ukrainian conflict will certainly affect the energy sector. Moscow cannot leave unanswered the economic sanctions that were adopted at the end of July in Brussels in order to hit Russia's (first of all, financial) interests. The first reaction of Moscow has already become a ban on food imports from European countries. However, the real Achilles heel of Europe in the current confrontation is energy. First of all, this refers to the EU’s dependence 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 (they are in any case ten times smaller than Russian), Europe will increasingly depend on the energy suppliers of other countries led by Russia. Therefore, she needs to consider alternative solutions without delay. 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 internal energy market, improve the 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 one of its loudest failures.

However, concrete action is still needed. In Brussels, “33 critical infrastructure projects for the EU’s energy security are already celebrated.” They are among the 250 major trans-European infrastructure programs, for which the 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 with a more active use of its gas storage facilities, which are currently less than half occupied. In addition, it can create new facilities for this and thereby form sufficient gas reserves in case of crisis situations, as has already been done in the fuel sector.