Russian President Vladimir Putin had called on Russia’s upper house on Tuesday to revoke his right to use military intervention in Ukraine to defend Russian speakers in the country. The United States and the UN had welcomed Putin’s move, but it is still calling for more stand-down between the Russian and Ukrainian military.
However, the cease fire proposed by the two countries is in peril as pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine had shot down a military helicopter that killed Ukrainian passengers on board.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s welcomed Putin’s move and said that it was the first step towards the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict in its eastern areas. The western world views Putin’s move as a sign that Russia was willing to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis, and follows his statement of support for Poroshenko’s peace plan for eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton did not comment if Russia’s request for removal of military intervention could earn it less-tougher sanctions. The US still called on Russia to perform “tangible actions” evident for its support of the cease fire. According to US Vice President Joe Biden, Russia should stop supplying weapons to militants across the border.
According to the Ukrainian government, the shot-down helicopter were a crew of technicians who were installing devices that will help monitor any violations of the Ukraine-Russian Peace Plan.