1 Thessalonians 5:3New King James Version
Ceasefire looms as new Ukrainian Civil War fighting kills 28 ~ link ~
Clashes appeared only to have increased in the day since a peace agreement was sealed in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. German chancellor Angela Merkel cautiously described the agreement negotiated on Thursday as “a glimmer of hope”.
American Suicidal Strategy on the Ukraine ~ link ~ link ~
Ukraine is back in the news cycle and for good reason. The previous cease-fire has broken, fighting is intensifying, and the western-supported and installed leadership in Kiev is losing the campaign. At this point, the West's choice is to either double down and bet even more on a badly failing set of policies, or admit it has lost this round and seek to deescalate the situation.
Meanwhile, Europe has finally woken up to the risks and seems to be ready to carve out a different path than the US. A lot hinges on the apparent 'truce' deal between Russia and Europe's leaders this week.
As the President Hollande of France put it on Feb 7th, "If we don't find not just a compromise but a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it's called war." Of course - since the deal's signing, shelling has continued with more deaths. He's not simply referring to an escalation of the factions fighting within Ukraine. He's warning about the real deal: a wider conflict that could easily spread into Europe, and possibly, the embroil powers across the world.