: :inin Kyiv (EET)

This is Ukraine today – February 23: UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine is possible – said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

February 23 – 2 Ukrainian military were killed and 10 injured in the ATO area in the last 24 hours, – informed Colonel Valentyn Fedichev.

February 23 – “Russia did not use the chance for peaceful resolution of the conflict after Minsk-2 agreements, thus it is currently worth talking about supplying the weapons and tightening the sanctions, – said MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski: “In Brussels they must understand that it is time for the stricter sanctions and other measures. What I mean is the supply of high-tech weapons – precision missiles, anti-tank and anti-aircraft equipment – the weapons that are owned by the French, British. And the Americans”.

February 23 – If Minsk agreements are not implemented, a risk of destabilization in other regions of Ukraine remains, stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Bogdan Aurescu. Primarily these are the regions neighbouring Romania – Bessarabia, Zakarpattya and Bukovyna.

February 23 – Poland is ready to participate in a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, but the mission has to be preceded by actual ceasefire and the relevant UN decision, – stated Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna.

February 23 – Federal Government of Germany is concerned that there is no comprehensive ceasefire yet, – said government spokesman Steffen Seibert

February 23 – UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine is possible, but it will take a long time to organize it, – said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in an interview with “Bild”.

February 23 – Interbank exchange rate of Ukrainian hryvnia fell to 32 hryvnia for 1 US dollar (from 29.25 hryvnia from the day before), updating historic minimum.

February 23 – In order to stabilize the national currency, the National Bank of Ukraine has decided to ban payments in foreign currency exceeding 500 thousand dollars without a letter of credit proven by a foreign bank with an investment grade.

February 23 – Ambassador for Special Assiognments of the Miniosry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, explained why the fighters held Debaltseve during the Minsk negotiations: “Why was Debaltseve important in Minsk? If there GDP had been successful in convincing that the city was theirs, then it could have begun to imitate peace immediately after the signature of the agreement. But this did not happen. Further offensive was already obvious and a cynical violation. There was no face-saving which happened. Why, immediately after Debaltseve they did not give us arms and did not activate sanctions? Before and during Minsk the stakes were raised tio the maximum. However, it was only GDP that played its part. Others thought, all this will pass. It did not pass. They are thinking now. I think that sanctions and weapons will happen. Someone wants to avoid this, but GDP not permit that. Such is the logic of the events.

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Taras Voznyak

Culture expert, political scientist, editor-in-chief and founder of Independent Cultural Journal "Ї", Co-founder and Head of the Board of Directors of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Member of the Board of Directors of International Renaissance Foundation, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center of International PEN-Club
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