El Murid does have a point when, like others, he also emphasizes the elementary political and geopolitical fact that neither the Kiev regime nor the people's republics of Donbass are really sovereign or independent, which the "Normandy format," which officially excludes the people's republics also shows and confirms. The fact that Moscow agreed or had to agree on this, thus making the fact of absent sovereignty all but self-evident, also says a lot about the character of the Minsk process and the agreements that are being made. In this connection, El Murid also emphasizes (again) the interesting fact that the real boss and power broker behind the Kiev regime (and also behind EU vassals, Germany and France) is officially missing in Minsk as well. It is the US. But the apparent absence of the US there has different reasons than the ostensible slighting and demotion of the people's republics of Donbass, which are for the Kiev's Banderite regime "terrorist entities." The apparent absence of the US is allowing 1) the West to drive home their meme that the conflict is really just between Ukraine and Russia with France and Germany just trying to be good, concerned mediators and 2) to reserve for the US freedom of action, for, unlike Russia which is a signatory of the Minsk Agreements and thus obliged to fulfill them, the US is not bound by anything which it made and makes its vassals, Germany and France, and its colony, Ukraine, sign in Minsk or impose on Russia and, via Russia, on the republics of Donbass. US diplomacy is and remains the best imperial diplomacy money can buy today.