Kiev Severs Links to Donbass as Ukraine Split Becomes Near Certainty
Any kind of peaceful, political settlement that could potentially reunite Ukraine (under a federal system, for example) is off the table.
Kiev has now started to cut water supplies to Lugansk:
Kiev stopped water supplies to the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) from the Western water purification plant, which is in the territory controlled by Kiev, press service of the Luganskvoda Company said on Saturday.This has been done before, but was temporary and in response to "overdue" water bills. If this action is permanent, it's not only a war crime (we'll touch on this in a later article), but also a clear sign from Kiev that they are trying to tear Ukraine apart.
"At three at night, without any official notifications, water supplies from the Western plant in Ukrainian territory were stopped towards Pervomaisk, Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Byrank, Alchevsk, Perevalsk, Krasny Lutch, Antracit," LuganskInformCenter quoted the company.
In other words, the Minsk Protocol — if they were ever worth anything, which is debatable — have been thrown straight out the window. (Again.)
As the leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, warned last week: if Kiev doesn't reverse course, Ukraine will "cease to exist" in 60 days:
Every day there is another nail in the coffin of the country formerly known as Ukraine. In a maximum of 60 days, the state won't exist anymore.