Honorable Peace or Appeasement?
By Harold Hutchison
Negotiations in Geneva have reportedly brokered a deal to defuse the rising tensions. The deal comes after Ukrainian troops repelled at least one attack after a twenty-minute firefight, and as reports surfaced of Russian troops in the Ukraine.
|OC-135B "Open Skies" aircraft/ (USAF Photo)|
According to a State Department statement released yesterday, the United States, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia agreed to “initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.”
In the statement, the State Department noted, “All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.
“Amnesty will be granted to protestors and to those who have left buildings and other public places and surrendered weapons, with the exception of those found guilty of capital crimes.”
The news of the agreement comes as news broke of Russia refusing an overflight by an American OC-135B “open Skies” aircraft under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty. This refusal comes as reports indicated that anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 Russian troops were deployed just outside Ukraine’s eastern border.