An unusual sight greets visitors to the 84th Geneva Motor Show: Rather than the infamous motor show girls draped over the cars, there are more and more men working at the stalls. Dressed in elegant suits, they greet visitors with a smile, lead them to the cars and explain the technical details of the current series.
April 24th marked the beginning of large-scale Russian military exercises on Russia's border with eastern Ukraine. According to the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, this is a direct response to the Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the Donbas region. We believe that this claim is untrue. If the exercises had just started now, what have more than 50,000 Russian troops been doing at the Ukrainian border for about a month and a half?
On April 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry clarified the meaning of Russian agreements. They required immediate disarmament of "illegal groups" referred to as the Right Sector, the Ukrainian nationalists. And in terms of releasing the captured buildings, they are making an ultimatum for Kyiv's Maidan supporters to disarm as well. Moscow basically said: disarm "your people," and then we will think about disarming our agents in eastern Ukraine, withdrawing Russian Special Forces and releasing captured buildings in Donetsk region.