Kiev has suspended all transportation links with the rebel-held territories of eastern Ukraine, formalizing the railway blockade imposed by activists in January. This marks a U-turn by Kiev, which had previously criticized the nationalists’ blockade.
Far-right activists alongside veterans of the ultranationalist Azov battalion have held a torch-lit march commemorating a Nazi collaborator and late leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, as well as contemporary “heroes” who lost their lives in Ukraine's civil war.
Kiev appears to be worried that if they try to take forceful action against the ultranationalists who are blocking railway coal shipments, it will provoke violence that they may not be in the position to handle, Jim Jatras, former US diplomat, told RT.
Ukraine has failed economically, politically and culturally because of the break between its own people. It is a rogue state because the current regime came to power illegally, in violation of international and Ukrainian law, said political analyst John Bosnitch.
The future of NATO and its relations with Russia amid turbulent US foreign policy, as well as the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts in an era of Cold War style media hysteria have dominated the three-day Munich Security Conference.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says he sees no need to add the US to the current format of four-way ministerial meetings concerning the Ukraine settlement, noting, however, that close contact with Washington on the matter is “necessary.”