Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko called the ratified EU Association Agreement 'historic' (photo:dpa)

Ukraine future takes new twist with EU trade deal and rebels' self-rule

The crisis in Ukraine is about to enter a new stage. The ratification of an ambitious trade deal between the EU and Ukraine, and Kiev’s granting self-rule to the embattled regions in east Ukraine suggests that concessions to the Kremlin are about to replace a failed policy of sanctions. These moves may preclude further escalation into full-scale war. But they also imply that Russia may be winning - which will trigger accusations of betrayal.

THE UKRAINIAN and European Parliaments have ratified a controversial and ambitious EU-Association Agreement which has been at the core of the stand-off between Russia and the West.

The signing,...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
It is true that economic sanctions harm the Russian economy. If the purpose is simply to administer punishment for what has already been done, then this is the way to go. But if the purpose is to deter the Kremlin from pushing on, then it has quite clearly been a failed policy.
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