The conclusion is offered by Censor.NET chief editor Yurii Butusov as he comments on Putin's agreement to deploy peacekeepers throughout the Donbas to protect the OSCE staff after talks with Merkel.
"Yes, this is a decisive change in Germany's position in support of Ukraine! A highly important initiative - Merkel made Putin say "good bye" to the Novorossiya project," Butusov says.
He notes that the deployment of peacekeepers to protect the OSCE staff means that now the OSCE monitors will be reinforced by a military contingent from Europe, that is, from NATO countries, and that the guarded OSCE mission will also begin working at night. But most important, according to Butusov, the mission will act not only near the contact line, but also on the border with the Russian Federation, thus controlling the flood of weapons.
In his opinion, this radical change in the situation in the Donbas opens new opportunities for Ukraine.
"It's not the number of the military that matters here, but the political principle is important - NATO countries implementing the policy to deter the Russian Federation. The Russian mercenaries in the occupied territory won't anymore dare prevent an OSCE patrol from monitoring a strategic highway. The risk of a direct clash between peacekeepers and mercenaries will be high. And if a conflict occurs, the EU and NATO can easily use additional leverage on Putin, who has long run out of resources," the journalist writes.
He stresses that after peacekeepers are deployed in the Donbas, the "Croatian scenario" will become quite real.
"Peacekeepers are needed to prevent a large-scale invasion of Russia's regular army. So we'll wait for peacekeeping units to be deployed, which is a very positive signal that allows us considering not only prospects and ways to end the war. Peacekeepers are able to limit the use of the Russian army, while destroying the mercenaries deprived of Russia's massive support still rests with the Armed Forces and the National Guard. No peace is possible in the Donbas in the near future without military solution and the liberation of the occupied territory. And Crimea comes next," Butusov sums up.