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Ukraine’s existential crisis

Ongoing violence in the country may prevent its fledgling government from pushing through much-needed reforms

By David Patrikarakos  

Fighting in Ukraine intensified during elections over the weekend. © Dmitry Lovetsky/AP/Press Association Images

Ukraine’s problems are getting worse. Despite a ceasefire agreed between President Petro Poroshenko and the Russian-backed separatists on 5th September in Minsk, Poroshenko has just ordered more troops to the eastern Ukraine for fear of further aggression. Both sides are gearing up for more fighting. It is going to be a long winter.

Poroshenko faces two problems, the first is obvious: Russian-backed…

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