Russia's official positon may have been that, but that's not it's unofficial position, Putin officially isn't supporting the Donbas terrorists, but in reality he is.<quoted text>
I hear it loud and clear. I maintain that, if Poroshenko has the ott enter into a real dialogue with the Eastern forces (which I don't think he does), then a cease fire and serious discussion on how greater self-rule can be implemented constitutionally - and Russia will not interfere. In fact, all signs are that it will welcome it, as this has been its official position for months now.
BUT, as long as Poroshenko's heels are held to the fire by certain factions in Kiev, his only recourse is to fight his way to a cease fire a.k.a. surrender. Until that changes, no one will go home and the only answer he will get from the resistance is they'll fight their way to a cease fire on their terms. The longer Poroshenko employs that strategy, the fewer his chances of getting a settlement to his liking, unless he manages to defeat the East militarily. His chances are growing thin the longer this goes on, as the civilian death toll and humanitarian catastrophe caused by his methods of warfare are beginning to raise some very significant concerns in Europe, and eventually even here, in spite of Washington's efforts to control the information outflow. And as you know, if the MSM turns, public opinion turns and politicians eventually follow - and we all know Kiev cannot continue this war without them.
Poroshenko has a narrow window to avoid having to choose compromise over diktat - and that window is fast closing. Best that he gets what he can while he can still get it before it shuts on him completely.
Your post suggests that you think the window of opportunity is not closing but instead opening, to resolve the conflict on Kiev's terms. Well then, fight on man - and bear the consequence, be it good or bad for you and Ukraine as a whole. Nothing I can add further.
There's going to be a meeting between Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk on Tuesday, I give it 20% chance of a successful outcome.