The conflict in eastern Ukraine seems to continue next year, as Russia and its proxies in Donbas are going to continue de-stabilizing political and security situation in the region. This is mentioned in the recent report by the Pentagon, prepared and presented in the U.S. Senate by Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart.
‘The conflict in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government is likely to persist throughout the coming year as hopes dim for full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, negotiated by Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France to provide a roadmap for resolving the situation. Russia is unlikely to abandon its destabilizing actions, short of seeing Ukraine capitulate to Russian demands, because the conflict remains the Kremlin’s most effective leverage over Kyiv. Ukraine will not implement controversial elements of the Minsk Agreements, such as granting a special status to certain parts of the Donbas, until Russia follows through with its security commitments. Violence along the Line of Contact probably will remain limited to smaller engagements, although Russia retains a ready capability to escalate the conflict,’ the report says, as published at the website of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
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