LIGNET: Putin Moving Toward Checkmate in Eastern Ukraine

Image: LIGNET: Putin Moving Toward Checkmate in Eastern Ukraine Pro-Russian separatists guard a seized government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 18, 2014. The rebels maintained control of government buildings they have seized a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West worked at easing the crisis in Ukraine. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 01:32 PM

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The four-power deal regarding Ukraine that concluded Thursday in Geneva gave hope to some for a de-escalation of the crisis and resolution of the outstanding issues.

However, the deal did nothing to change the facts on the ground or to alter Moscow's strategy to force Ukraine either to acquiesce to losing its eastern regions or face Russian military intervention masked as humanitarian assistance.

Click HERE to read an analysis by LIGNET's top intelligence experts.



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