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

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

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.

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