Putin backs away from open military intervention in Ukraine
Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin, has asked the Russian Parliament to revoke a resolution that would have allowed Russian forces to enter Ukraine. This action looks as though Russia is moving away from confrontation just as the EU and America were discussing further sanctions.
Meanwhile, President Petro Poroshenko announced that he could cancel the week-long ceasefire after a military helicopter was downed by Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine yesterday.
The formal announcement by President Putin as published on the President’s website is as follows:
“Proposal to Federation Council to repeal resolution to use Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine
June 24, 2014, 14:05
Vladimir Putin has submitted a proposal to the Federation Council to repeal its Resolution on the use of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine.
The President has sent a letter to Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko with a request to repeal Federation Council Resolution № 48-SF of March 1, 2014, On the Use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the Territory of Ukraine to help normalise the situation and achieve reconciliation in the east of Ukraine and in connection with the tri-partite negotiations on the issue that have begun recently.”