A grim situation marked by chaos and turmoil prevails over the Ukrainian territory, owing to ceasefire violations, despite urges from the Ukrainian President Poroshenko to the Russian forces to withdraw from the region, stop exchange of fires, and to release hostages. Despite failed talks between the two sides, Poroshenko firmly believes that the measures suggested by him will help in the establishment of peace and stability in the territory within 3 weeks. Poroshenko made the afore-mentioned remarks during the course of his 3-day visit to Australia since the country harbors a large ethnic Ukrainian population.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was seen backing Poroshenko’s views. According to him, Russia must honor the “little-respected cease-fire agreement.” The situation has become complicated with evidences clearly indicating that at least hundreds of seasoned Chechen fighters joined the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Chechen fighters have also been discovered among Ukrainian government troops in a conflict that took toll of 4300 lives. The West may be hoping that new ceasefire may help ease international tensions going on with Moscow. Recently, NATO sent a patrol plane to help England find waters off the west coast of Scotland, after an alleged Russian submarine was spotted. This incident revived the fears of the Cold War-era.