NEWSWATCH: “Marking time” – Kyiv Post Editorial [re: Ukraine]

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“… Ukraine celebrates the 26th year of its independence …. in the Donbas, Russia’s war on Ukraine is a deadly stalemate …. in Minsk, peace talks to end the Kremlin’s military intervention and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity are going round in circles …. In Kyiv, it’s politics as usual … with a powerful president lording over … an oligarchical system. The reform of the police service was largely cosmetic, and judicial reform is being sabotaged. Health reform faces stiff opposition. …. But … First, the United States may well start to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons. … Second … the newly created National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine is making slight but significant progress …. Third, Ukraine’s economy has returned to growth, and the World Bank predicts a rise of 3.5 percent in the country’s GDP in 2018. …”

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