West Clings to Fraying Ukraine Peace Deal Despite Tension

Western powers are clinging to a fraying peace deal in Ukraine and forcing Kiev to follow suit, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of wavering and NATO is warning that Moscow may be preparing for a new offensive. The United States and European Union are still backing the three-month old ceasefire, despite a growing feeling that it is in its death throes. the western powers said sanctions will remain if Putin does not honor his promises. This offers little consolation to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who, while under pressure at home over a steady loss of troops fighting pro-Moscow rebels in the east, has to keep in diplomatic step with the West whose political and financial help he needs.