2014 Ukraine coup/Civil war

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The post-coup unrest in Eastern Ukraine escalated when anti-coup rebels took over civil administration buildings in a number of town and cities in the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts in early April 2014. The civil war proper effectively began when the Kiev junta announced what it termed an "Anti-terrorist-operation (ATO)" on 15 April 2014 and began to deploy military forces in and around these Towns and cities.


Donetsk Airport

The new terminal building at Donetsk International Airport, which had been a site of fighting between Ukrainian and separatist troops since May 2014, was captured by the DPR forces on 15 January.[1] One week later, the separatists had overrun the entre airport and Kiev forces had retreated in chaos.[2]

Separatist forces also increased the pressure on the Kiev-controlled town of Debaltseve in north-eastern Donetsk Oblast, barraging it with artillery fire.[3] In addition, the DPR launched an attack on Mariupol during the morning of 24 January. A hail of Grad rockets killed at least thirty people, and wounded another eighty-three. [4]

French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel put forth a new peace plan on 7 February. The Franco-German plan, drawn up after talks with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin, was seen as a revival of the Minsk Protocol. President Hollande said that the plan was the "last chance" for resolution of the conflict. The plan was put forth in response to American proposals to send armaments to the Ukrainian government, something that Chancellor Merkel said would only result in a worsening of the crisis. [5] [6]

February ceasefire: Minsk II

A summit at Minsk on 11 February resulted in the signing of a new package of peacemaking measures, called Minsk II, on 12 February which was similar in content to the failed Minsk Protocol, and called for an unconditional ceasefire, to begin on 15 February, amongst many other measures.[7] Fighting continued around Debaltseve until 18 February, when Ukraine forces were forced to retreat, leaving separatist forces in control of the town.[8]

separatist territory in eastern Ukraine

US/NATO contributions

The day after Minsk II, James Mountain "Jim" Inhofe, the senior US senator from Oklahoma, was caught out trying to pass off fake photographs of Russian involvement in Ukraine to boost support for his bill, which would enable the US to provide lethal military aid to the Ukrainians.[9][10][11][12]

The USAF announced that it would be sending 12 A-10 ground-attack aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, by the end of February. This was described as being part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, set up following Russia's "intervention in Ukraine". Apart from operating in Germany, the A-10s will be forward deployed to other partner nations in Eastern Europe. US forces have operated out of bases in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland, among others, in the past year.[13]

Canada, which had been helping the the government of Ukraine for ten years, was called on by Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, to start supplying lethal weapons and training on how to use them. Prystaiko, whose father was once the vice-chairman of the SBU (Security service of Ukraine), said that Kiev is preparing for "full-scale war" against Russia and that "the world must not be afraid of joining Ukraine in the fight against a nuclear power."[14][15] In 2007, Prystaiko was part of Ukraine’s NATO negotiating team, and served as the Deputy Director General for NATO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [16]

Financial contributions

The Ukrainian currency has lost about 50% in value since the start of the civil war. The IMF agreed, on 12 Feb 2015, to throw a $17.5 billion, four-year lifeline to Ukraine. Combined with the $4.6 billion from the previous package, this brings the total (so far) to over $22 billion, which won't be enough. The EU is also to provide $2 billion in loans, while the US has pledged $2 billion in loan guarantees. Altogether, the package from the west is estimated at $40 billion over four years. But, as the NYT puts it "While the fund had demanded that Ukraine begin major changes and undertake some tough austerity measures in exchange for last April’s rescue, the country’s economic problems have outpaced the prescriptions." Ukraine’s new finance minister, Natalie Jaresko, has been negotiating with the I.M.F. and urging international creditors to view Ukraine as a long-term investment. Jaresko is a US citizen, ex-Harvard, ex-US State Dept and ex US Embassy in Kiev. She was granted Ukrainian citizenship on 2 December 2014.[17][18][19][20] According to Robert Parry, she was once at the center of insider deals and other questionable activities when she ran a $150 million US-taxpayer-financed investment fund.[21]


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  1. Novorussian forces take control of most of the new terminal of the Donetsk airport Saker 15 Jan 2015
  2. Chaotic Retreat Follows Ukrainians’ Withdrawal From Donetsk Airport New York Times 22 Jan 2015
  3. The fight to defend Ukraine’s strategic Debaltseve France 24 23 Jan 2015
  4. Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead Reuters 24 Han 2015
  5. Ukraine crisis: 'Last chance' for peace says Hollande BBC News 7 Feb 2015
  6. Western Nations Split on Arming Kiev Forces New York Times 7 Feb 2015
  7. Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap BBC News 12 Feb 2015
  8. Ukraine troops retreat from key town of Debaltseve BBC News 18 Feb 2015
  9. Sifting Ukrainian Fact From Ukrainian Fiction New York Times 13 Feb 2015
  10. Inhofe helps set a falsehood in motion MSNBC 13 Feb 2015
  11. freebeacon Here’s The Ukrainian Delegation That Gave Misleading Photos To Senator’s Office BuzzFeed 13 Feb 2015
  12. In Thirst For War, Sen. Inhofe Releases Fake Photos Of Russian Troops In Ukraine ZeroHedge 14 Feb 2015
  13. Air Force sending 'tankbuster' jets back to Europe CNN 13 Feb 2015
  14. Ukraine preparing for 'full-scale war,' says former envoy to Canada CBC 21 Feb 2015
  15. Supreme Court of Ukraine May 1999
  16. His Excellency Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada The Empire Club of Canada 4 Apr 2014
  17. I.M.F. Announces $17.5 Billion Package to Help Kiev Stabilize Economy New York Times, 13 Feb 2015
  18. Even if Cease-Fire Holds, Money Woes Will Test Kiev New York Times, 12 Feb 2015
  19. Ukraine Bailout Set to Rise to Around $40 Billion Over Four Years Wall Street Journal, 12 Feb 2015
  20. Foreign-born ministers in Ukraine's new cabinet BBC News 5 Dec 2014
  21. Ukraine Finance Minister’s American ‘Values’ Consortium News, 18 Feb 2015