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Mediji o Ukrajini – možnost Bosanskega scenarija

The number and content of last week’s news on Ukraine in the European media testify: in the eyes of Europeans it turns  into a hot spot. TV and radio reports were filled with articles on the military theme from the East. Especially notable were the stories of individual participants in military conflict, like soldiers, and others operating in this zone.
Thus, the Belgian newspaper “De Morgen” in an article entitled “Where are all? Here people are dying every day, “writes about the work of Emily Ruvroy, who is the coordinator of the organization” Doctors Without Borders “. Woman in details describes the situation on the place with the critical shortage of medicines and medical supplies in the region. In a rather emotional interview, she speaks about the horrors that she faces every day, when people for half a year get no salaries, and pations of homes for mentally sick people even have not enough food. “People are grateful for our support, but they ask what will happen next, – says Ruvroy –Where are everybody? Where are journalists? Where is the international community? Here people are dying every day. ”
There more stories from the frontline in the European Press, in particular about Ukrainians who have to go to the war.  Press shows them as people with families and often with their own business or good jobs, who have to sit in the trenches.
For example the new about the letter Ukrainian officer Oleksiy Chaban to mother of one of the Russian soldiers spread throughout the press. The letter became an Internet phenomenon and was thousands times reposted in social media.  During a fight, Ukrainians have damaged Russian tank and its crew was forced to flee – writes Belgian De Morgen in the article “Ukrainian soldier leaves life for Russian citizen and becomes a hero.” Ukrainians allowed the militants to leave unharmed. Later in the tank, they found a phone with numbers, they called but nobody replied. Then Chaban wrote a letter to the mother of militant from the tank, including there a phone numbers he  has found.
“In the letter, Chaban writes that Ukrainians are not the fascists who do eat babies and rape disabled pensioners (as Russian media write), but peaceful people who love their country and children” – cites the letter newspaper.
And adds the story of the hero. “Chaban (50) studied at the Mining Academy in Dnipropetrovsk industrial city in eastern Ukraine. Then he became a farmer. When the civil war in eastern Ukraine evoke last year, he left his land of 100 acres, and after a month of military training, went to the front – to become a volunteer. His four children did the same “- writes the newspaper.
The opposite images in the European media have pro-russian militants. Photos and videos of horrible tortures against captive Ukrainians appeared in the media.
Euronews TV channel reported the new about Russian woman Svetlana Davydova from the city of Viazma,  who has 7 children, and whom Russia accusing in treason. The woman – trying to save the life of Ukrainians, called the embassy in Moscow and said that the militaries from a military base near her house probably went to the east of Ukraine. The investigation did not take into account the fact that Davidova has a 2 month baby, thus detention was chosen for her as a preventive measure.
The French newspaper “Le Figaro” devoted to conflict in Ukraine a large analytical article “There are voices in favor of arming Kyiv”, drawing parallels with other conflicts. “As previously in Bosnia, where Serb soldiers supported neighboring Serbia, Moscow supports separatists in Ukraine. Russia deployed there hundreds of weapons, tanks, heavy artillery and separatists ….” – writes the newspaper.
Referring to his diplomatic sources, journalist adds that Putin used Minsk agreements in his aims, “Vladimir Putin used Minsk agreement to pause in the fighting and lull the West, and then to go in the offensive.”
Reporter notes that Western sanctions still do not give a respond to the conflict, or even vice versa.
“On the diplomatic level, sanctions imposed by the West, did not have the desired effect. They have contributed to the collapse of the Russian economy, but had no effect on the balance of power in the world. They don’t  force Putin to change the policy. Some believe that they even had the opposite effect, leading to the increase of the number of militaries and strengthened the popularity of the Russian president, who with their allies, both in Russia and in the West presents itself as a victim of the West “- writes French newspaper.
At the end of the article it cites the example of Bosnia where indecision of Western allies led to large losses, “not taking part in the conflict from the beginning, NATO forces had to carry out military intervention later in Bosnia (1995) and Kosovo (1999). This is what saying Talbot and Pifer (US analysts – remark.): “If the West does not stop Russia today, he will face significantly more problems and even military problems that require more serious answers.”
However the theme of sanctions last week was also central. On Thursday in Brussels, an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers was held. It was dedicated to the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. The intrigue was around the position of Greece, where a coalition of leftist SYRIZA which sympathizes with the Kremlin came to power. Analysts feared that Athens could block a further strengthening of sanctions against Russia.“Crucially, the new Greek government, which a day after taking office distanced itself from an EU statement that explicitly accused Russia of aiding separatists in eastern Ukraine, decided not to break ranks with other EU states.
The foreign ministers agreed immediately to prolong by six months the EU’s existing restrictions on individual Russians involved in fighting in Ukraine or promoting separatism. The sanctions, which prevent the blacklisted Russians from travelling to the EU and oblige national authorities in the EU to seize their assets, were due for review in March. They will now continue until September. The ministers also promised to add new names to the blacklist when they meet next, on 9 February. The possibility of increasing the EU’s most significant sanctions on Russia – restrictions on business primarily in the financial, banking and defence sectors – were left, as expected, for EU national leaders to decide” – writes EU focused online media outlet European Voice and adds that they are due to meet on 12-13 February.
Another media which specializes on EU thematic EUObserver writes about the effects which European sanctions have produced, and what can happen for Russia further, up to losing the right of holding Football Championship.
“Low oil prices, coupled with EU economic sanctions, have caused the rouble to crash in value and bond yields to soar. Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, said on Thursday it will cut its $9.5 billion budget for the 2018 World Cup in Russia by 10 percent as part of anti-crisis measures. But EU foreign ministers also agreed to explore further economic sanctions if Russia attacks the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Meanwhile, an EU options paper from last September, which EU diplomats say is still “relevant”, threatened to block the World Cup if need be” – writes online media. It also cites the document: “Thought could be given to taking co-ordinated action … to recommend suspension of Russian participation in high profile international cultural, economic, or sports events (Formula 1 races, Uefa football competitions, 2018 World Cup etc.)”.
However, there is positive news for Ukraine, despite the difficult economic situation and military conflict, foreign investors do not spell the death of it “The former CEO of Philips and investor Rul Pieper is going to make more big acquisitions and direct investments in Ukraine. He wants to expand its activities in the energy sector, where his Dutch investment fund FreezeOil previously showed interest, in particular – in the Ukrainian network BRSM-Nafta “- writes the Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf”.


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