11:58 GMT28 January 2021
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    The situation in Ukraine is worsening, but the European Union is not taking any concrete steps to resolve it. According to journalist Christophe Schiltz from Die Welt, the West is silently watching the country descend into chaos.

    The European Union seems to be helpless to resolve the crisis in the war-torn state. It mainly contents itself with blunt appeals to the warring parties or calls to strengthen the role of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) — an observing institution that has never played a substantial role in the Ukrainian conflict, the author wrote.

    The Minsk Agreement negotiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande has so far brought no progress and the situation is unlikely to change in the future. European leaders tend to put their plans on paper, but do not implement them into practice, the journalist said.

    According to Schlitz, this weak strategy plays into the hands of Vladimir Putin, who is allegedly seeking to destabilize the country. The journalist suggests strengthening sanctions against Russia and providing Kiev with further assistance, for instance through weapons supplies and financial aid.

    Schlitz argues that the EU underestimates the strategic importance of the Eastern Ukraine. According to him, Europeans should enhance their presence in the region to observe the situation and assist in the monitoring of borders and elections, helping Ukraine to get rid of its status as a European backyard.

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