UKRAINE PEACE?... for now maybe
A deal is in the wind and, as suggested here this week, a deal will likely include Poroshenko agreeing to excise a small corridor of south-east Ukraine to allow Putin land access to his Crimean Black Sea fleet.
After all, there is no point in Kiev continuing to bomb ethnic Russian Ukraine cities into submission when they want to remain part of Russia.
Putin will be happy with that for now, but there is little doubt he still pines for the old union.
Barack Obama’s chest-thumping can now be confined to the Islamic State which he has determined to “degrade” to a “manageable problem”... a manageable problem eh?