Russian President Vladimir Putin uses press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to say Ukraine’s Minsk peace process has hit dead end. Putin places part of the blame on Merkel for its failure.
Faced by the disruption caused by Ukraine’s transport blockade and the Donbass’s nationalisation of Ukrainian enterprises, and possibly apprehensive about the outcome of the pending court case in London, the IMF postpones its decision to provide Ukraine with further bailout funds.
Russian President Putin takes a potentially important step in the Ukrainian conflict by recognising the documents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics whilst US President Trump stands in Washington and appeals over the heads of the US media directly to the American people.
Russia’s recognition of documents issued to their citizens by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics stops well short of diplomatic recognition, but as well as having humanitarian considerations it appears intended as a warning to Merkel and the Europeans to take the settlement process of the Ukrainian conflict more seriously.