(Washington Times) With the Obama administration’s attention focused on crises elsewhere, the 6-month-old fragile cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia separatists has deteriorated steadily in recent weeks, reigniting fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised to greenlight a fresh offensive to seize more territory across the border.
Renewed clashes between the Ukrainian military and rebel forces have grown so intense during recent days that the leaders of France andGermany, who brokered the cease-fire in February, have called for a hastily arranged meeting Monday with Ukraine’s pro-Western president. […]
“The administration is just not going to be able to avoid seriously revisiting the Ukraine problem if there is a major escalation in fighting in the next few weeks,” said Andrew C. Kuchins, who heads the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Mr. Kuchins said President Obama has resisted shipping weapons to the Ukrainians because he is concerned about the shakiness of President Petro Poroshenko’s government in Kiev and about whether such shipments would incite Russia to escalate the conflict.