A soldier on the edge of the 'security zone' between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in Donbass (photo:dpa)

Ukraine: peace plan fails as eastern region becomes a frozen conflict

Russia’s recognition of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics within Ukraine has established a de facto new border. This move is seen internationally as similar to Russia’s recognition in 2008 of the ’independence’ of South Ossetia and Abkhazia within Georgia’s borders, creating frozen conflicts and allowing the Kremlin to flout territorial integrity for its own ends.

NEWS FROM the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine is increasingly confused.

The good news is that repeated warnings by Ukraine that the pro-Russian side will resume major combat operations have so far failed to materialise.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
At stake is not only the future shape of Ukraine, but also the prospect of any return to normalcy in relations between Russia and the West
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