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President Poroshenko is set to sign a bill that will redefine the conflict between Kiev and Eastern rebels. But the goal of the legislation seems to be less about ending the fighting and more about winning upcoming elections.
Eurovision 2017 has become yet another stage for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But Russia's abstention from this year's edition actually highlights how much the competition – and engagement with Western culture – matters to the Russian public.
Though their explanations differ, Kiev, Moscow, and the rebels in the restive Donbass region all point to the new US administration's ambivalence about Ukraine as cause for the spate of fighting.
In the immediate post-Soviet era, Russians held the US in high esteem. But that started to change amid economic woes and Western adventurism in the Balkans and Middle East.
After several years of economic hardship and international pressure over its annexation of Crimea, Russia may see its lot improve next year. But most are skeptical of the possibility of lasting change.
Donald Trump's ascendance in Washington and Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasing influence promise to make next year a tumultuous one.
There is little optimism in Russia that there could be a serious reconciliation between Washington and Moscow, even if Donald Trump is in the White House. But if it happened, this is what Russian analysts say it would have to entail.
Pinning down specific Russian responsibility for hacking incidents is complicated by Russia's cybersecurity model. Most of the IT expertise lies in the private sector, and the Kremlin itself is surprisingly not tech-savvy.
Though Russia's economy has suffered in recent years, due in part to Western sanctions over Russian activities in Ukraine, the Kremlin – and the Russian public – have shown little sign of yielding.
The war of words over Syria – including accusations of Russian war crimes in Aleppo – has relations between Moscow and Brussels at their worst in years. But both sides recognize that nothing can be done without the other.
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