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Jakarta Post

Revisiting Ukraine-Russia-EU triangular dynamics

  • Tanvi Chauhan

Troy, Alabama   /   Thu, January 23 2020   /  01:47 am

With the narrative that floats around, one is tempted to think that the Ukraine crisis is all about Crimea, that it started and ended there. So what about the internal oblasts like Odessa, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk (the southeastern regions) where a protracted conflict broke out? Are they not part of the resolution to the Ukraine crisis? But before any party decides on how to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, it is crucial to understand what needs to be resolved. First, the negotiating status. Formal peace talks began with the Minsk-I ceasefire in September 2014 but Kiev refused to engage with rebels as negotiation partners, even while Kiev’s negotiators had no official status, proceeding to brand rebels as “terrorists” (Anna Matveeva, 2018). For as long as the insurgents are not considered cohorts in negotiating a peace deal and power sharing arrangements, the Ukraine crisis will n...