The Western press is reporting that President Poroshenko has declared a ceasefire in the Eastern Ukraine and proposes a range of measures to restore peace in the region. According to "The Independant".
"Much hinges on whether Moscow finds the terms of the blueprint acceptable and uses its sway with the rebels, who have so far rejected the proposals."
One could perhaps be forgiven for wondering if the reporting of events in Ukraine are the result of journalistic laziness or direct political dictation from Washington when even The Independent accepts this so called peace plan without analysis. As Russophiles point out, it amounts to a request for capitulation from the separatists.
Furthermore, if capitualtion is not forthcoming, it seems likely that an all out assault on the beseiged city of Slavyansk, with concomitant civialian casualties will occur.
Russophile analysis is that the pressure on President Putin to intervene militarily will become unbearable should he try to shirk this "responsibility to protect".
I assume Washington is calculating that when, not if, Russia intervenes, that such intervention will be "surgical", "proportionate" and with "limited aims" and that the West can manage the crisis to its advantage.
Personally, I think this is a dangerous assumption. Were I Putin, I would want to give the West a lesson it will never forget, lest this death by a thousand cuts continue.
In respect of a set piece attack on Slavyansk, I am reminded of Churchill's comment regarding Rommels spoiling attack on Eighth Army preparations: "but the bear blew first".