Peace talks won’t end Ukraine crisis

The Geneva accord hammered out between Russia and the West last week is already in danger of falling apart, says The Independent. Five people died at a shoot out at a barricade near the pro-Russian town of Slavyansk over the weekend and there is no sign of pro-Russian separatists disarming and evacuating government buildings. This is unsurprising.

The wars in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s have shown that agreements reached in far-off Western Europe have “marginal impact” on the fighters on the ground. Those manning the barricades are “not puppets”, but “impassioned, would-be martyrs” for their causes.

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