The Geneva accord hammered out between Russia and the West last week is already in danger of falling apart, says The Independent. Five people died at a shoot out at a barricade near the pro-Russian town of Slavyansk over the weekend and there is no sign of pro-Russian separatists disarming and evacuating government buildings. This is unsurprising.
The wars in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s have shown that agreements reached in far-off Western Europe have “marginal impact” on the fighters on the ground. Those manning the barricades are “not puppets”, but “impassioned, would-be martyrs” for their causes.
Even if Russia [...]
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