7 May 2014 ~ Second Update
Russian troops are withdrawing from Ukraine border in latest Putin peace overture ~ link ~ Putin is going all out in his peace overture. However, so far the West and its puppet coup junta in Kiev have violated every agreement that they have made and show NO INTEREST in reaching a true peace deal with Moscow. This may be the last effort that Putin makes before using military force; or it may result in a peaceful settlement. The key is will the West (read: the Global Banking Cartel and the Netanyahu Zionists) be willing to reach a compromise to end the nightmare that they created! I am doubtful that they will, but only time will tell. Putin is the most resourceful national leader of his time and if anyone can out maneuver the globalists/Zionists it is he. In any case, if the peace effort fails, he will be shown to have made another major effort, before he sends the Russian Armed Forces into combat. Stirling
Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, president Vladimir Putin told diplomats as he urged insurgents in south-eastern Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum on autonomy.
In a meeting in Moscow with Swiss president Didier Burkhalter, Mr Putin said the Russian troops have been pulled back to their training grounds and locations for "regular exercises", but he did not specify whether those locations were in areas near Ukraine. A Defence Ministry spokesman declined to say where the troops are now positioned.
Mr Putin also called on Ukraine's military to halt all operations against pro-Russia activists who have seized government buildings and police stations in at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine.
Putin pulls a Fast One: NATO says no Russian troop withdrawal ~ link ~ Putin is the master of the geo-political chessboard. Take a minute to read the comments on this article. Stirling
Putin calls for end to Kiev junta's military op, ostponing referendum in east Ukraine ~ link ~
Ukrainian right-wing groups are behind the recent events in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Kiev has not disarmed them. He also called on anti-Kiev protesters to postpone a May 11 federalization referendum. "Russia believes that the crisis, which originated in Ukraine and is now actively developing in accordance with the worst-case scenario, is to be blamed on those who organized the coup in Kiev on 22-23 February and still do not care to disarm the right-wing and nationalist elements," the president said.
Direct dialogue between Kiev and anti-government protesters in southeast Ukraine is key to ending the crisis, Putin said. It is now essential to create “to create the necessary conditions for this dialogue,” he added.
Putin tells Ukraine anti-coup forces to delay referendums ~ link ~ President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday told pro-Russian rebels fighting in east Ukraine to halt plans for independence referendums and said his troops had been withdrawn from the border, a potential breakthrough in the worst showdown between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.
The Russian leader also hailed a planned May 25 presidential election in Ukraine, previously criticised by the Kremlin, as a "move in the right direction".
Vladimir Putin calls on Ukraine to postpone referendum ~ link ~