Ukraine President Unveils 10Km "No Man's Land" Buffer With Russia; Declares Unilateral Cease-Fire

Tyler Durden's picture


Petro Poroshenko earlier called Russia's Vladmimir Putin to explain his 14-point plan (to be unveiled to the public later today) to curb the pro-Russia insurgency in the east. As AFP reports:

  • Ukraine peace plan to call for 10-km buffer zone on Russia border

As Reuters notes, it was not clear if the whole of the proposed demilitarized no-man's land would be on Ukraine's side of the border or part of it on the Russian side. It was also not clear what the status of people living in border areas would be. Putin's initial response is to demand the "immediate end to military operations" against pro-Russian separatists.


Reuters reports,

President Petro Poroshenko will call for the creation of a 10-km (6.25-mile) buffer zone on the border with Russia under a 14-point plan to bring peace to east Ukraine, according to an unofficial copy published by media on Friday.


Ukraine says fighters from Russia and supplies of guns and other military equipment have been coming into the country to support pro-Russian separatists, and tightening control of the 1,900-km (1,190-mile) border is Ukraine's main security headache.


Details of the proposal to create a 10-km buffer zone, contained in a photographed copy of the 14-point plan and carried in Ukrainian media, were not spelled out.


It was not clear if the whole of the proposed demilitarized no-man's land would be on Ukraine's side of the border or part of it on the Russian side. It was also not clear what the status of people living in border areas would be.


Acting Defence Minister Mykhailo Koval told parliament on Friday that government forces were now back in control of the border and there was now no possibility of military equipment being ferried in to the rebels from Russia.

and AFP adds,

Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko on Friday released a 14-point peace plan to curb a pro-Russian insurgency in the east, calling for immediate disarmament and promising to decentralise power through constitutional reform.


The plan also drops criminal charges against rebels who committed no "serious crimes" and provides "a guaranteed corridor for Russian and Ukrainian mercenaries to leave" the conflict zone, Kiev's private Inter TV station reported on its website.


Earlier Poroshenko called Russia's Vladimir Putin to discuss the plan to end the bloodshed, the second late night phone conversation between the leaders this week, the Kremlin said.


"Poroshenko informed the Russian head of state regarding the main points of his plan to regulate the situation in south-east Ukraine," the Kremlin said in a statement overnight Thursday.


Putin gave "a series of comments" on the plan stressing an "immediate end to the military operation" that was launched by Kiev against pro-Russian separatist militia in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Let's hope the cease-fire lasts more than minutes... or is this simply another way to ensnare Russia and force US/EU hands to enforce the sanctions they have been threatening. It seems the argument over where the "no man's land" starts and ends will be a non-starter.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Squid Viscous's picture

too bad Jack Tatum has passed, otherwise we could send him to Kiev, with a message for the Noodling, Noodle-man Neocons, "yats", poroshenko, etc

AlaricBalth's picture

A buffer zone?

Porochenko is proposing a de facto Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), with the hope that he can invite NATO forces to act as "peacekeepers".

Terminus C's picture

Say goodbye to the IMF money if this deal works.


MisterMousePotato's picture

When I first saw the headline, I thought, "Ten thousand miles? Isn't that, like, alot?"

(And, yes, I do know it's not a word.)

DetectiveStern's picture

A 10km thick red line will be painted. Paid for by an IMF loan creating 1000s of jobs for Ukranian painters and wildly held as the greatest piece of diplomacy since since China gave Scotland a panda.

NotApplicable's picture

When Poroshenko was originally described as a "middle of the road" guy in regards to Ukraine and Russia, I didn't realize he was going to make his own road.

Silly me.

COSMOS's picture

Will he BUILD A FENCE?  I am sure he can borrow more money from the IMF for it.  But maybe he should get advice on its construction from Israel instead of the USA, not like our Border fence is doing any good.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

How far can a Russian tank fire an artillery shell?

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

The question was rhetorical though the symbollic meaning of 10km could easily be interperted as 10km for 10 tanks.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

T90 main gun rated to have high accuracy/high probability of first time hit while moving at 6km range for Refleks HEAT missile, and 5km for conventional shells. T80 uses same weapon, but less advanced fire control. Note, this is a big gun - 125mm bore, compared to 120mm used on M1 Abrams and Challenger 2 (nb M1 Abrams 105mm rifled bore,M1A1 120mm smooth bore). The T90 reportedly has a significantly improved and faster autoloader, the achilles heel of earlier Russian/Soviet tanks.,

Urban Redneck's picture

They pounded Gronzy into the dirt with 152mm self propelled guns and howitzers, range about 30km.

The tanks bat cleanup and provide fire support to the APCs.

(if they chose to fight last war over again)

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Yes, and self propelled guns can arrive, fire and are gone while the shells are still in the air. Accurate shelling does require spotters in forward positions though.

maskone909's picture

soooo everything outside the buffer if fair game for murder and mahem?  this sounds more like a declaration of war more so than a peace agreement.

NotApplicable's picture

Just like the last "cease-fire" "agreement."

In Ukraine, cease-fire kills you!

Yen Cross's picture

     Break out the Crayola Crayons.

Gringo Viejo's picture

It's gotta be SOME man's land.
Sez so in the sanity clause.

jeff montanye's picture

yes, what a prosecutie! 

this ukraine thing is looking like yugoslavia in the '90's with putin as clinton (in this respect only) and obama as slobodan milosevic (in so many ways except likelihood of appearing in the hague court on war crimes charges, though he merits it far more than milosevic ever did).

seriously, think about it. most of these "war criminals" world wide (and they are largely evil, criminal people) are acting in their own country or at most adjoining territory with an ongoing dispute. the u.s., based on a spectacular assault by someone (who exactly is an interesting question) over a decade ago now claims the right to kill from the sky with robot weapons anyone, anywhere, for basically all time.  

hitler could only dream.

Prometheus the Jester's picture

"There ain't no sanity clause."

                    Chico Marx


DIgnified's picture

Super.  This setup workswell in Korea.  /s

IndianaJohn's picture

It must take a whole room full of jews to concoct such a plan.

Terminus C's picture

They don't have to be Jews, but they do have to be desparate.

jeff montanye's picture

they don't have to be jews but it often involves zionists.  that is the distinction.

glenn greenwald is a jew.    he is on the side of liberty.  so is naomi klein and a whole bunch of lesser known jews



Dr. Engali's picture

"Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko on Friday released a 14-point peace plan to curb a pro-Russian insurgency in the east, calling for immediate disarmament and promising to decentralise power through constitutional reform."

Trust us, just lay your guns down and everything will be okay........ Yeah right.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Pol Pot is the past - this is the work of his bang up to date nephew, Toss Pot.

Jack Burton's picture

Great call Winston! The extremists in the Kiev government are cut from the same cloth as Pol Pot. You have to do a little research in these people's statements, but they make clear in their very words that they plan wide scale murder. Their own words convict them of being fascist madmen.

The Kiev coup government is desperate, because time is not on their side. They are about to collapse econmically and socially. Their people's living standards are falling fast and that is before IMF austerity. In fact, NATO must be covering ALL military costs right now, because Kiev has no money to fund troops or weapons. The pay being offered men to fight in the East is very high. Way too high for Kiev, Washington and the EU are paying for this war. I am 100% sure of this. It is Putins duty as a man to send arms, money and advisers into East Ukraine to counter NATO attack dogs.  Kiev is a failed state, full of liars, fools, theifs and killers. What more can you say, no wonder Washington supprts them fully!

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Kiev is a failed state, full of liars, fools, theifs and killers. What more can you say, no wonder Washington supprts them fully!

As our friend AnAnonymous might say, Kiev has gone full 'american'.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Agreed, and as I have said before, winter will put paid to the Ukrainian army's efforts - it is notoriously undertrained and demoralised, and has been starved of investment since 1992

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

oops - accidental double post - sorry.

NotApplicable's picture

Gotta give them credit for the logic required to call this a "unilateral cease-fire."

It takes some serious balls (read: MSM backing) to publicly make such insane statements with impunity.

Ms. Erable's picture

So the Kenyan Usurper found his pen and loaned it to Poroshenko to draw a new red line; presumably the junta in Kiev will use it to color everything inside this new line red as well, all the time daring Putin to cross the border.

john39's picture

anyone dumb enough to believe these lying snakes?  i seriously doubt it...   eventually, everyone can see the blood stains all over their hands.

R3ap3R's picture

I guess the US wants to retry the whole Georgian situation agian and maybe this time respond. If so that will give russia east-ukraine but leave the russian goverment without money. Suddenly it makes alot of sence why the ukraine army was bombing the region, the rebuild cost would be huge. I think they will intensify bombing and this whole cease-fire wil not last a day.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Damn right they do.


Undeterred by the conflict triggered by Ukraine's swing towards Europe, the former Soviet republics of Moldova and Georgia will sign a trade and political pact with the European Union this month with Russia warning both countries against the move.


The two small countries - Moldova has a population of just over 3.5 million and Georgia 4.5 million - see the signing of an association agreement as the crucial step towards mainstream Europe, leading to eventual membership of the powerful EU trading bloc.


This was the same type of agreement Ukraine pulled out of that the that NATO engineered, State Department led Euromaidan protests and coup were in response to.

This is bigger than just gas and oil though Georgia overlaps with taking control of a feeder point to the east for the Nabucco since the North and South routes have been lost via Syria and even Ukraine if they manage to hold onto control of it. They need Georgia to compete against the South Stream project now even more since it is coming online, if they can get Iran into the fold or tied up in war including sabatoge of pipelines in Iraq while woar is raging even better. Ukraine is about Western flow of gas now since Transistria was always the fallback spigot point south of Ukraine if it went to the EU.  It is also about keeping 'neutral' countries out of the CIS, the Russian upstart to compete against the EU.



Bankster Kibble's picture

Nicely said.  AND, because NATO is the defense org for the EU, this could also mean eventual NATO membership for Moldova and Georgia.  More ring-fencing around Russia?

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Not likely unless NATO changed it's stance on allowing countries with disputed regions into NATO. Russia got that one covered also called Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations also known as CIS-2.

Abkhazia / Georgia

Transnistria / Moldova

South Ossettia / Georgia

Nagonro-Karabakh / Azerbaijan

And of course NATO/EU had it's own way of countering that called the GUAM Organization of Democracy and Economic Development.

Georgia / Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Ukraine / Crimea unofficially now eastern Ukraine unofficially

Azerbaijan / Nagonro-Karabakh

Moldova / Transistria officially, Gaguazia unofficially.

As things look right now Ukraine depending the outcome probably winds up in the EU but not NATO if the current situation ends with a partition and East Ukraine remains disputed.

Moldova probably winds up in EU and both NATO losing both Transnistria and Gaguazia in the process. Signs point to at least Transnistria being officially recognized as an independent country or Russian territory as a minimum being palatible to both the sides at this point in time. Gaguazia is still a wild card but Russian leaning.

Georgia to early to call.

Azerbajian is probably next up after Georgia and Moldova plays out.


Also as another aside on Iraq and Iran with the jihad caliphate comedy tour rolling into Iraq now from Syria they've essentially put on hold any current east/west Iraq/Iran pipeline projects or further expansion until the chaos settles down. They've essentially cockblocked Iran out of the EU gas market and Nabucco since the North land routes are blocked by the Kurdish regions (you are not getting a deal done with Kurds and Turks both involved) so the only other route they might have is north through the Caspian Sea. That ain't happening either considering gas fields in the Caspian Sea and the jockeying for control of them including disputed water rights between Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran among others bordering the Caspian Sea.

Jack Sheet's picture

In chess it would be like the "semi-slav" defense

lakecity55's picture

Poor Oshenkostein vs. Russian Armed Forces.

czarangelus's picture

I knew this would end in a Ukrainian invasion of Russia, which is what a peace plan that forces a "buffer zone" in another sovereign country more or less amounts to. Everyone thought I was insane, but NATO wants to Balkanize Russia and the Ukrainian Nazis are nothing more than useful idiots, disposable and expendable, to accomplish this purpose.

813kml's picture

You ARE insane, the Ukraine will not be invading Russia.  Nobody will be invading Russia, not even on paper.

I don't think a "peace plan" scribbled on a napkin by the CIA is going to bend Putin's knee.

disabledvet's picture

"mano a mano" time.

You sure that wasn't a 100 kilometer zone?

Again...for the record I support neither the diplomacy "nor the apparent war." Having said that if this thing goes hot "this gives new meaning to the term every tool in the tool box."

kchrisc's picture

The whole thing is like a TV series where you know what happens in the series final.

Spoiler-alert: Putin wins.

Malachi Constant's picture

Shhh, don't say that out loud!

BOPOH's picture

Me think US army forces have to remove power from Washington DC and return it to the people.