Ukraine Nationalism Pushes Minsk to the Background

April 14, 2017

Geopolitical Monitor

ukrainesoldiers, cc Flickr Saeima, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

 

Summary

Former soldiers have shut down trade between Ukraine and its eastern separatist enclaves; it is a major symbolic victory for those who are unwilling to accept the status quo of Ukraine’s frozen conflict, though one that will bring serious consequences to a local economy that is already reeling. The whole episode is illustrative of the struggle at the heart of Ukraine’s politics, that of nationalism, corruption, economic collapse, and foreign aggression.

 

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