Munich Security Report: Zelensky brings fresh energy to efforts to end conflict in Donbas
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has brought fresh energy to efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine but the peace is far from preordained.
“A new Ukrainian president has brought fresh energy to efforts to end the six-year-old conflict between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s eastern Donbas region. Yet if peace seems slightly more plausible now than a year ago, it is far from preordained – recent plans for a more comprehensive ceasefire and disengagement might collapse and fighting could escalate,” reads the Munich Security Report 2020.
Ukraine ranks 10th in the list of ten conflicts to watch in 2020 highlighted by the International Crisis Group.
The report pays much attention to Russia. In particular, it is noted that “Russia has perhaps been the most immediate and blunt challenge to the West.”
“Moscow has also done very little, if anything, to ease the confrontation in Eastern Ukraine, thus leaving the European Union no choice but to extend the sanctions repeatedly,” the report underscores.
Despite ongoing debates about burden-sharing and defense spending, NATO members have significantly invested in their common defense since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the authors of the report note.
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