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syria is really the slow. breaking news here on our to ukraine backtracks on the cleric a permanent ceasefire in the east instead announcing steps needed to reaching a truce. also russian photographer andre stand in is dead after being missing in eastern ukraine for a month and islamic state militant released a video apparently showing the execution of another u.s. jim it's saying it's in revenge for american airstrikes on jihadi its forces in iraq. the final day of commemoration ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of the baseline school massacre. in beslan will bring you the recollections of the survivors.
a lot of good to have you company watching international we start with our breaking news here in r.t. ukrainian president petro poroshenko has backtracked on his initial announcement of a full ceasefire in the country's east instead steps towards reaching a truce will be discussed the training leader how dare you announced on twitter that a permanent truce in the region was. fall asleep. some confusion then coming from kiev can we actually expect any sort of paste you think . well the situation here on the ground is chaotic there was this initial statement that was issued by kiruv that spoke about a permanent cease fire it was later than amended with the word permanent being dropped to be replaced by
a cease fire regime the anti-government fighters and leaders here on the ground are not taking seriously the statement from kiev what they are saying is that they are willing to reach a political solution but only if kiev is serious about stopping its military offensive in eastern ukraine let me remind you that there was at least one cease fire in the past that was announced by kiev but it was later violated on monday they were those talks in belorussia in the city of minsk between the two sides and what those talks proved is just how difficult it is for them to reach agreement it was a step in the direction of reaching some kind of solution but the self-proclaimed leaders said that while they were willing to end this offensive at the same time they wanted certain conditions to be met not least of all was greater autonomy for the regions of lugansk and admits on friday they will be a nother round of talks here on the ground the vice president of the donetsk republic has said that the dumbass leaders haven't been informed about any kind of
cease fire and i've been gauging the reaction of people on the ground and most of very suspicious about what kiev is saying many telling me that they feel that primarily because the anti-government fighters have been making advances in recent days they believe that this might be an attempt by parallel and the kiev government to try and disarm them to give them some kind of false promises so that the fighters lay down weapons and then the ukrainian army pushes forward the ukrainian army has been suffering loss after loss in recent days many people here also saying that might be using this as a testing ground if you will that the reality at the end of the day is that you still have the ukrainian army inside eastern ukraine it is still shelling. residential areas and various cities and until that changes it doesn't matter what statements come out of kiev sure ok thanks paula that's artie's paul islay live for us in the east of ukraine there or the announcement of a ceasefire came after
a phone conversation between ukrainian president petro poroshenko and reza russian president vladimir putin moscow has stressed no agreement between the two leaders has been reached because russia is not a party in this conflict well after months of an army offensive eastern ukraine looks devastated schools hospitals apartment blocks and houses aid to badly damaged or completely destroyed these aerial pictures show the remains of a village in the dinette screed in an eastern ukraine which was devastated by the military campaign over the summer at least fifteen hundred people used to live here now as you can see houses lay in ruins a most residents have fled and this is a school building in the netsky itself which locals say was hit by a mortar fire children aged six to sixteen were supposed to start their school here on monday but are unable to go to class until repairs i carried out and that could take months in fact many schools across the region remain shut duty the extensive
damage well in all it's been almost five months since kiev launched its military crackdown in the east since then it has officially confirmed the deaths of almost eight hundred government troops and more than two and a half thousand wounded but kiev is being accused of a massive cover up anti-government forces say up to fourteen thousand military service men have been killed and injured and that casualties are being under-reported on purpose the deadly toll pushed many ukrainian mothers and soldiers to confront the commanders over the high human cost of the conflict. it was b.s. i knew that wasn't me who i was. when you was a chance i don't. want to receive. women if we were here for you what are from a book club or sure you were mostly run across the back were much more troubling.
because it was when i was sure i met every variable as i was watching it i was. actually the man of my life yet i don't know i love. that i don't know what. you want to. say i love when i did the job look at what the end of it all but. it's still there so it seems that you are looking forward to the biggest advantage that. in the last few days alone hundreds of government troops have reportedly been killed or taken prisoner near the town of in a vise skin the don't yet screech their entire battalions phantom cell surrounded during a counterattack by anti-government forces one of the commanders of those units yes the band in the. scott discussed the issue with political analyst alexander pavitra he believes he has recent defeats in the east pushed it to
finally see a peaceful solution. i think the key to this is the military success of the forces and gone by us i think without that i probably wouldn't have been ready for this for this move i think that's the whole thing. if they had been able to successfully conduct their so-called anti-terrorist action. actually suppress the resistance that formed after the new government mr pollack here this past winter i think if it had been able to carry bags through we probably wouldn't be talking about a peace plan today we've been talking about guerrilla warfare but i think this is the key do you think the king as has total control over all of the forces in the x. i mean the national guard for example do you think that they'll be able to on a day cease fire i don't think they have total control i think some of the forces
are on her when some of their independent some forces are actually maybe under control or let's say have the influence of even outside forces perhaps the nato countries but it may be that it's in everyone's interest right now. and good allies for there to be at least a cease fire for them to consolidate because they're very much against something when heavy losses he's a few days. the ukrainian government has made a further step towards nato membership it has approved a bill to cancel the country's nonaligned status be joined by all of us say. what does this decision made in high g. think when it effect the possible dialogue with malicious. well the statement it's being put forward by the ukrainian president. and the prime minister of the country arsenius in new york means that ukraine becomes a non aligned state and what that means is that all of ukraine's previous alliances
go out of the window they now have a blank slate with which to work now this could be perceived in the east of the country and we're expecting it will be perceived in the east of the country as a provocative move perhaps with a potential step towards nato membership now the reason this all is rather provocative at this current time is on thursday a major nato summit gets under way in wales it's likely that x. nato expansion will be discussed it's certain that the situation in ukraine is going to really top the the agenda there and potentially ukrainian membership to nato could be discussed so these type of things aren't going to go down well in the east of the country with militias fire still fighting there but this is what we've heard announced from kiev that ukraine is now a non aligned state getting rid of all of its previous alliances ok thanks peter that's r.t. peter all of us were raising money to bolster
a military presence in eastern europe in the wake of the ukrainian crisis this is one of the key issues to be discussed during an upcoming nato summit in the u.k. well over the weekend hundreds of these protesters hit the streets of new port and cardiff in wales they want less money spent on war and nuclear weapons. so could nato afford to boost defense infrastructure across eastern europe or currently the twenty eight member states spend as much as one trillion dollars a year maintaining what the alliance already has that means the organization alone gets more military funding than the rest of the world put together washington is currently footing most of the bill with just over a quarter of nato. budget made up by other members those in the alliance are supposed to contribute two percent of their g.d.p. each year but not everyone does in fact more than eighty five percent of countries on the list aren't willing or simply not ready to provide that much cash. well
let's return to our breaking news story here in r.t. in a fact that ukraine has backtrack turf somewhat on its initial announcement of a permanent cease fire now saying steps and i'm saying that steps towards peace in the east are being discussed we can get more reaction from professor bruno from the national institute of languages and civilizations in france thank you very much for coming on to the program the first question is what you make of this backtrack initially from kiev. but here's. the information for seems to be a very nice ceasefire is of course good news just the question is does ceasefire will really be applied or not because you know a cease fire. decided between kiev and moscow is something question is if it will be realized on the ground in the area that the different question and the
second question we can ask is if there is a cease fire then we will have peace situation and it decides. ukraine is a very bad economical situation it means that there has to be a very quick negotiation on economical situation which needs cooperation between ukraine western europe and russia and i really don't know if powers and especially united states are ready to have ukraine cooperating on economy could ground with russia because that's the real question now if if there is a ceasefire what's the prospect of mr potter shanker being able to maintain that i mean does he have control over all of his forces and in particular the national guard do you think. it's going to mean to me.
the. government especially doesn't control all the. the army and especially the national guard and does the second question because we know the national guard is formed of people linked with the private sector always do right sector which is quite opposed to. leadership so it's not sure at all that they will accept a cease fire but on the other side we can observe the military situation of ukrainian forces including of course the national guard on the ground is very bad so on the next and we can. have interest for at least a ceasefire a provisional one but the question does does this cease fire these provisional cease fire will give birth to a permanent cease fire as well as it was. agreed and that's the basic question we cannot know officially announced today its intention of
non-alignment wants to join nato it says what's the likelihood of that happening do you think. you know it depends what they call non alignment if they want to join like belarus. country movement it would be rather fine but i doubt it's the point i think the non-alignment as they are talking about is just you know something like an argument to negotiate with nato and it's not. belarus is a better example in europe. just moving on slightly we are hearing that the west is planning to send observers into the donbass region to assess the devastation there do you think what they might say could affect how the west sees the ukrainian crisis at the moment. yes it's possible
it's difficult to know exactly what these. wester of server are working for because we have to observe with. each government we know that western countries are not united in their policies toward ukraine and toward russia and it can also happens that these observers are linked with. a. service now are not always so neutral as they are supposed to be so we have to be very cautious about observers by now. thank you very much for coming on to r.t. that was a professor bruno thank you or the hope that a ceasefire in ukraine is on the horizon coincides with one tragic development the confirmed death of russian news photographer. will be updating you on that just after this quick break.
the. economic ups and downs in the final tally. the longer the deal sank i and the rest because i was doing a single a briefly on a. i'm not a politician but we see that it is arab countries that sit on the world's greatest oil reserves and the west just cannot stay away from such tremendous wealth so in
order to get their heads for that oil the west employs what i would call cultural terrors from. welcome back now another breaking news here on our t.v. international monitoring mission in europe the cia has demanded an investigation into the death of russian photographer on that i stand in the thirty three year old photo journalist has been confirmed dead after results of forensic tests were released he's been missing in eastern ukraine for almost a month. has got the details. well hopes for andris safe return from ukraine have been shattered after a genetic test has proven conclusively that the remains that have been found in southeastern ukraine indeed do belong to andre stern and he was
a photo journalist working for ria novosti which is part of the prestigious award a news corp the head of which has made this statement on the death of andre we've followed gundry's fate and demanded that international organizations freed him where thankful to everyone in russia and their broad for your activities and for your support. unfortunately when we were trying to do everything possible and even impossible for his freedom and already no longer with us now those words of brad is a different and by a massive show of support that was that began right here i dare say a subordinate headquarters where i'm standing was spread all over the country even all over the world not just journalists but people in other countries including organizations such for protection of journalists worldwide have issued their support they had been calling on andries release because it was assumed that andre was detained by ukrainian forces as they have previously done to
a number of russian journalists or journalists working for russian news outlets including our team but no information was provided by kit that would specify exactly what was happening to andre or where she was staying in surf friends journalist who had been working with them they have discovered andris car among other vehicles that were part of a civilian convoy of refugees that was in donetsk region the convoy was fired upon by ukrainian forces and entre whose remains were found right there on the spot was one of those who died in that attack he survived but his mother for whom it is obviously a very tragic time and her tragedy and her loss is shared by thousands of people in the world the world over and of course by andries friends and colleagues for mourning him today. on standing was a respected photographer who worked in conflict zones all over the world for media outlets such as reuters and a.p. these are some of the last pictures he took while working in ukraine before
covering the ongoing army assault in the country's east he was in kiev during the mass anti-government rallies a modern square on the ice then and also worked in countries like libya syria and egypt during some of the fiercest fighting there. a second american reporter has apparently been executed by islamic state militants steven sort of was taken captive more than a year ago and was previously seen in the video where another u.s. journalist james foley was beheaded. has got the story. it's a scenario that we've seen before when another american journalist james foley was
beheaded two weeks ago similar orange jumpsuits a desert setting an executioner with a british accent in both videos and now the westerner threatened to be killed next when these islamic states your heart is beheaded james foley to leave sicko they showed stephen sokoloff in that same video and vowed to kill him unless the u.s. started air strikes against the isis so those mother addressed the isis shortly before he was killed here i ask you to please my child. as a mother i ask you justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over. who was kidnapped at the syria turkey border last year he was thirty one years old he had written for the time and foreign policy magazines he reported from syria turkey egypt raid after steve insult the islamic state is threatening to execute david paints
a british citizen david hainsworth reportedly had experience with the british military and he did security work for nonprofit organizations leader now these long state doesn't just correcting americans in the video they warn other governments against becoming part of quote unquote this evil alliance of america against these lawmakers state after the killing of james foley president obama made it clear that the executions would not stop the airstrikes some u.s. officials say for anything murders like these could only make america more involved in the fight against the jihadi. middle east expert joshua landis told us that the fight against islamic state militants will turn into another afghanistan for the u.s. it's very difficult in this situation because isis dominates a region the size of great britain in both syria and iraq if you're going to destroy them and kill them. and hit their buildings you have to have somebody else
to replace them otherwise they'll just spring up and you'll infuriate the sunnis that are trapped in between baghdad and damascus so the u.s. has to come up with a strategy somebody has to pay for it and there has to be an exit strategy and obama does not want to get stuck in some swamp the way the u.s. did in iraq originally or in afghanistan without an exit strategy. well artistic sunnah boyko discuss the rising jihadist threat and its effect on the west with british muslim and social and political activist anjem choudary you can watch that on thursday. to southern russia now and beslan where the third and final day of commemorations are underway marking ten years since chechen militants led a terrifying and deadly three day siege of a school taking over a thousand people hostage in today's remembrance ceremony white balloons were released into the sky in memory of the victims of that terrorist attack there are three hundred thirty four of them representing the exact number of those who died
most of them were women and young children artie's much razor is embarrassing. we are in the baseline jim this is the epicenter of the tragedy and the whole place has become this very touching memorial i just want to point out some of the things that we've got here aside from the faces of the victims lining the walls including this lady galina sequoyah who we're going to talk about in just a little bit you can see all the different toys for example and of course flowers lining this entire area especially for today's event and the bullet holes that were left behind during the attack and the rescue operation that followed now while the photos of the dead are lining the walls here more than three hundred people including. that i mentioned her daughter was actually with her here in the
gym. died protecting her her daughter and another friend of hers both survived the attack and now ten years later they came back to the school for the first time and they spoke with us about their memories more than three hundred candles shined in the darkness each one a life lost in the baseline sea ten years ago angela sequoyah and diana aleko the made it through the terrible attack then only seven years old on the first day of class their rescue was preserved in photos both gruesome and iconic. you know when you're stoned i remember i was with my mom and a man came up to me and put me into a car so i was in a car when his picture was taken that the guy next to that that's a human being i don't really remember how they brought me out of there i just remember a man took me and carried me through some gardens or something and my face was covered with blood the blood dried out in my eyelashes and i couldn't open my eyes
and i remember that i still had to ponytails my mom made love to me. this is the grave of angela's mother who died protecting her during the attack while angela and diana were spared the fate of many of their classmates on that horrible day they say their childhoods are buried here among the victims now after this tragedy you remember all those terrible things and this is not normal childhood once you start remembering those years when you were a child you remember this terror attack very vividly you don't remember anything else. they say the ordeal forced them to accept the harsh realities of life and comprehend things no child should but they add that the memories of the people they lost must live on with the next generation. is that which is in the mind and this is important for me somehow i want my children to know about it and never forget maybe when i tell them what happened they will begin to understand certain things
and treasure life because it can stop an animal mend and a day anything may happen to us. a mattress or r.t. baseline. and do you join us throughout wednesday for our coverage of the third and final day of memorial events in beslan. you're watching aussie up next peter lavelle discusses whether the ukrainian crisis can shake european security.