We hear a fair bit about civilian casualties in the rebel-held regions of Donetsk but, and correct me if I'm wrong, but "rebel-held" suggests the artillery and rocket barrages aren't coming from the rebels but from our side, the Kiev government. In our media we don't get into the inconvenient details of just who is firing on those civilians which allows us to somehow blame it on the rebels.
Merkel and Hollande have this last-ditch peace initiative underway now. Obama is threatening to ship Kiev "defensive" heavy weaponry if that falls through. So maybe the carrot-and-stick approach will produce a deal, right? Only if our buddies in the Kiev government are in a mood to deal but, according to Montreal-based Global Research, peace is the last thing they want. If anything they may be hoping to drag the West into a shooting war with Russia.
N.B. - I'm not vouching for Global Research. Looking into them I found a piece by Terry Glavin in NatPo from 2011 where he castigated GR's principal, Ottawa U. prof Michel Chossudovsky for purporting that Syria's Assad government was being attacked by radical Muslim fighters.
Professor Chossudovsky explains: “What we have are Islamists, gunmen, Salafi as well as Muslim Brotherhood gunmen, snipers shooting at civilians as well as police. . .these are death squads which are supported directly by Turkey and Israel. It is an intelligence operation. They come in, they cross the border, they go into communities. . they go into the Christian communities, they intimidate people, they shoot on them, they kill them. . .”
Uh, yeah, Terry - I don't know how to break this to you but Chossudovsky was warning, back in 2011, about the rise of what was to become ISIS.