Putin and Poroshenko, "the Stakes Are High"
The Ukrainian crisis continues to hold the attention of the world community. The ones most agitated by that conflict are the key interested parties - Moscow and Kiev.
Russia, worried about having a "hotspot" right next to its border, wants to see Ukraine stabilized. Moscow just has to carefully monitor the developing situation in a country going through the roughest political crisis.
The Ukrainian government is trying to suppress the federalists movement in the South-East to keep a measure of their flailing authority as well the some of the most important industrial centers of the country. That is why any actions done by Kiev are missing an important point - readiness to stop the war they started on their own territory.
The ongoing fighting had already led to the appearance of hundreds of thousands of refugees, old people and women among them, who are deprived of water supply, necessary medication and elementary living conditions and are forced to survive any way possible. They are dying each and every day from shelling committed by the Ukrainian army.
To discuss those problems Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko had a meeting behind closed doors after the Minsk Summit on August 27. It lasted for about two hours and was rated by both sides as "useful and positive", though the Ukrainian president said afterwards that those talks were quite tough.
The main theme of those talks was the situation in the South-East, or simply put, the war unleashed by Kiev in the region is resulting daily in destructing cities and villages and deaths of innocent civilians.
Vladimir Putin deemed it necessary to emphasize that Russia is not a side of the ongoing fighting in Ukraine and cannot discuss the conditions for a ceasefire, though ready to proceed with any needed help in the peacekeeping process if asked for.
The head of the Russian state after leaving the conference chamber for an interview also said that they spoke with Poroshenko about the necessity of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Lugansk and have reached a "certain understanding" on that issue. He said the same about the necessity of a more active participation of the OSCE contact group in solving of the south-eastern crisis.
In turn, the main political issue for Ukraine during the Minsk summit was the closure of the Ukrainian-Russian border to prevent any movement of military vehicles, "mercenaries" or ammunition. According to the Ukrainian president such question was discussed at the meeting. However, Moscow always denied any such actions so it couldn't adopt such a measure as some kind of a condition for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Putin quietly took the story of ten Russian paratroopers detainment on Ukrainian territory overplayed by local and western media, and also noticed, that they could have gotten into Ukraine by mistake during patrol. He also underlined that such situations happened previously with Ukrainian border guards and on a larger scale, even having them detained with some military vehicles, and it was never much of a problem for the two states.
To sum up - one can surely state that Vladimir Putin quite clearly designated a principled position of Russia on the questions that rose up at the summit, and now it's after the Ukrainian president to decide how he will act, considering his country's interests, and the interests of "the whole Europe". Because, during his stay in Minsk, Poroshenko stated that "the destiny of Europe and of the whole world is at stake".
No matter the gains and the reasons of all the interested parties, it's quite obvious for everybody that the Ukrainian conflict, or, let's say the truth - civil war - cannot be solved by force.