In the midst of a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, today a government army helicopter was shot down. This comes as pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government met for the first time yesterday in efforts to work out a permanent peace agreement. And as the West plans stronger sanctions against Russia for its assumed role in the crisis in eastern Ukraine, today Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested that Parliament strip him of the power it gave him to invade Crimea. While many observers view the move as a step towards peace, some skeptics view the move as cynical. Mychailo Wynnyckyj, an associate professor of sociology at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, took part in the Maidan protests in Kiev and has been writing about the continually shifting events. He’ll tell us what he thinks about the apparent movements towards a ceasefire.
(photo: Volunteers take an oath of allegiance to Ukraine, before being sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion "Azov" in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, June 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov))