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    Washington Throws in the Towel on Ukraine, Shifts to 'Plan B'

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    Obama has thrown in the sponge for Ukraine, Eric Zuesse underscored, adding that Washington is now "on-board with the ‘Plan B’ for Ukraine," which means implementing the provisions of the Minsk II accord.

    International media have failed to highlight the ultimate failure of Washington's policy in Ukraine, investigative historian Eric Zuesse emphasized, referring to remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry in response to Petro Poroshenko's oath to retake Crimea and the Donetsk Airport.

    "I have not had a chance – I have not read the speech. I haven't seen any context. I have simply heard about it in the course of today [which would be shocking if true]. But if indeed President Poroshenko is advocating an engagement in a forceful effort at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in that kind of activity, that that would put Minsk in serious jeopardy. And we would be very, very concerned about what the consequences of that kind of action at this time may be," John Kerry said during a press conference in Sochi, as cited by the historian.

    Eric Zuesse stressed that the remark has clearly demonstrated that the Obama administration has thrown in the towel on Washington's original plan for Ukraine, which was purportedly aimed at an all-out military invasion of the eastern regions.

    Victoria Nuland, who was responsible for the plan since the very beginning, is now sidelined, the expert underscored.

    According to Eric Zuesse, Obama has sent a clear message through Kerry to Ukrainian President Poroshenko, and indirectly to Nuland's protégé Prime Minister Yatsenyuk as well as to outright Nazi Dmytro Yarosh, stating:  "we'll back you only as long as you accept that you have failed our military expectations and that we will be stricter with you in the future regarding how you spend our military money."

    So far, the Obama administration has shifted the goalposts and jumped at the opportunity to join the Normandy talks on Ukraine, the expert noted.

    "Merkel and Hollande thus won. Putin had decidedly won. Obama and the Nazis he had empowered in Ukraine have now, clearly, been defeated," Eric Zuesse stressed.

    "But the mess that Obama's people have created in Ukraine by their coup and subsequent ethnic-cleansing to eliminate the residents of Donbass, will take decades, if ever, to repair," the expert added bitterly.

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    bilateral talks, crisis, Minsk agreements, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Dmytro Yarosh, Petro Poroshenko, Victoria Nuland, Kiev, Sochi, Crimea, Washington, Donetsk, Moscow, United States, Ukraine, Russia
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