… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor … Press TV, Tehran
Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, managing editor of Veterans Today from Atlanta, about new shelling taking place in Ukraine near the airport of Donetsk, undermining a ceasefire deal between Kiev and pro-Russian forces.
You can watch the 3 minute video interview on Press TV here.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: What does it mean? Do you think that this means that the ceasefire has totally fallen apart or is this just something that is expected when you are trying to get these two sides to come to some type of agreement? Tell me how do you evaluate the overall situation that is taking place now?
Dean: Well I see it’s really a problem of kind of both. Structurally you have a yin and a yang here. What they set on paper and how they were going to do this kind of made sense particularly with the monitors getting in there but I noticed a couple of things that were kind of strange about it.
Initially … leaked that agreements that they were going to agree to that the Ukrainian forces would move back out of artillery shelling range which I thought was wonderful and that was probably something that the Red Cross insisted upon because they did not want to have to be driving through intermediate shelling bringing aid in.
But then when the agreement was finally released we hear that the units were actually left in place and that was just a recipe for disaster because now you have units that are actually within firing range of each other, you have got these irregular units, you have got the right sector ones and the oligarch ones and we do not even know whether Kiev has control over them.
Two, the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) does not seem to have anywhere near enough monitors, they probably need about ten times more than they actually have.
And then third, I did not see anybody talking about using the small drones, the kind that can be carried in a van or the back trunk of a car so that they have the ability to have some aerial surveillance so that when somebody shoots your fires the people on the ground know that they can be spotted.
If you do not have that type of control, any renegade-type commander or any third party in overseas false-flag type … they can fire on anybody, they can fire on their own Ukrainian troops.