truce Current Affairs
Ukraine has affirmed that the Russian troops who were believed to be in the Ukrainian territory have withdrawn back to Russian soils. This is a major step which will help bring back peace in the region. After about 5 months of intense fighting which had followed the Russian occupation of Crimea, the region saw a wavering ceasefire deal. There were violations reported from the Russian side.
Presidents of both the nations Russia and Ukraine have expressed their satisfaction at the development of situations and the current status of ceasefire. The two also spoke in phone expressing their pleasure at the difficult process of ceasefire.
Moscow has always remained in the denial mode over the involvement of Russia in any form to help the rebels. The European Union along with US has however, never agreed to the same stance of Russia. The recent developments if sustain will be quite helpful for a successful and useful dissolution of the crisis. Many people have lost their lives and many more have been displaced. The rebel controlled territories have known no rest since a last few months.
The EU leaders are working on the decision of whether to impose tougher and harder sanctions. The decision will change many political and economic equations in the region. The EU is supposed to present its stance on furthering with a new package of tougher economic penalties against Russia by a few days. This is deliberately done to assess the effectiveness of the ceasefire which was agreed to and the ground situations in the conflict zone. OCSE has agreed to send more observers to loosely watch the progress of truce. These will be in addition to the 70 monitors which are already looking at the ceasefire.
The truce reached between the two warring sides has come to an indecisive as both the parties have finally agreed to a ceasefire. The peace has been hailed by the people of Gaza on the streets as they had a sound night’s sleep after a long gap of 50 days.
There is apparently no clear victor and on both the sides the civilians have lost most of their holdings. The life seems to have come to a standstill where for many everything has to start from a scratch. The strikes have claimed the lives of 2200 civilians in Gaza including 500 children. On the other side too, thousands of rockets were fired and thus as many as 80 civilian casualties were reported.
Many newspapers have termed it as a sad draw with no significant gains for either side. The conflict which was regarded as an asymmetric one has proved to Israel that amassing military superiority could not help it gain the desired aims to completely destabilize Hamas. Hamas has however, been able to show great resistance and maintained positions till the end. This may bag them a new standing in the Palestinian side and in Arab world at large.
Both the parties have however returned to the negotiations table albeit the status-quo in their positions of Hamas not recognizing the state of Israel and Israel still considering Hamas to be a terror outfit. The long standing demands are not likely to be met in near future for both parties. Israel which is looking at total demilitarisation of Gaza is a tall demand. Even Hamas wants big concessions as opening up of Gaza and lifting up of Israel and Egyptian blockade of the strip on land, air and sea routes.
Israel has agreed to a partial upliftment of the blockade by allowing humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza. Israel has also agreed to extending the fishing zone by 6 miles. Further negotiations will continue in Cairo where both sides are expected to take up more serious issues like release of Palestinians arrested during the conflict and building of a Gaza seaport. Israel may however stick to its demand of demilitarisation of Gaza.
The next step will be seen at the truce meeting but the extent of damage to ordinary lives will make governance an issue for both Hamas and Netanyahu in their own countries.