War and Peace

In Focus: Weapons Withdrawal in Ukraine

In Focus: Weapons Withdrawal in Ukraine

Fighting continued well past the start of the ceasefire agreed upon in Minsk II. However, the real test to building a lasting peace and negotiated settlement is the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front lines; violations on this issue are the main indicator of a Minsk II failure and will precipitate a resumption of conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Opening Minsk Amid a Closing Door on Peace

Opening Minsk Amid a Closing Door on Peace

Today's Minsk negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France are a last ditch attempt at a brokered ceasefire before the conflict's stakes are raised by the United States' prospective arming of Kiev; is this a repeat of the failed accords in September or a genuine effort to marginalize the fighting?