10. Withdrawal of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, as well as mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under monitoring of the OSCE. Disarmament of all illegal groups.
Yet today we read the announcement that Washington is sending US troops to Ukraine ostensibly to provide combat medical training to the Kiev forces.
And today we read the surprise announcement that the UK government is sending its armed forces into Ukraine to provide training — including war-fighting training — to the Kiev government. As an added dose of chutzpah, British Prime Minister David Cameron, as he was breaking the Minsk Agreement, warned Russian president Putin against breaking the Agreement, claiming that Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine was “deeply damaging” and that Putin had “opted-out” of the rules-based international system.
Should these foreign forces wander into the territory of Ukraine under the OSCE’s monitoring mandate, they would be in direct violation of the Agreement. However, just the presence of foreign military forces assisting the war-fighting capabilities of one side in the conflict is a violation of the spirit of the ceasefire agreement and is definitely an escalation of the conflict.
The US and UK demand that everyone else observe the Minsk Agreement, yet somehow they and their proxies in Kiev are exempt.