Reports that Russia Has Blinked in Ukraine Are Greatly Exaggerated

For a few hopeful days last week, it seemed as though Vladimir Putin had abandoned Russia’s campaign of adventurism in Ukraine. A promising report in the Wall Street Journal observed that the Tsarist era term “Novorossiya,” a word used to reintegrate the portions of Ukraine Moscow had destabilized and covertly invaded last year back into the Russian sphere, had suddenly gone missing from the Putin’s vocabulary. Applying a Kremlinologist’s powers of deduction, Journal reporter Paul Sonne speculated that Russia was moderating its behavior ahead of a June European Union decision on whether to renew sanctions on the Russian Federation based on whether or not it was complying with the February ceasefire accord signed in Minsk. But with the fighting in Ukraine again raging, that bit of speculation seems unfounded.

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Reports that Russia Has Blinked in Ukraine Are Greatly Exaggerated

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