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Does Zelenskyy have a strategy for managing the Donbas conflict?

The road to peace in Donbas has not appeared smooth and straightforward, as had been expected by President Zelenskyy and his team. The emphasis on humanitarian issues cannot neglect the security situation on the ground nor the unchanged role of the Kremlin.

An attack initiated by representatives of the breakaway territories near Zolote, a town in the Luhansk Oblast, in the early morning of February 18th of this year could dramatically change President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his team’s conflict perception. What has been announced as the biggest separatist offense since 2018 naturally clashes with the pacifistic and human-oriented approach of Kyiv’s new leader. But further developments and statements have shown that we can expect no real change in either rhetoric or tactics.
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April 7, 2020 - Hanna Shelest - Hot TopicsIssue 3 2020Magazine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to the frontlines in May of last year. “To stop the fighting” was the main slogan used by Zelenskyy during the election campaign. Photo (CC) president.gov.ua: https://www.president.gov.ua/photos/prezident-ukrayini-volodimir-zelenskij-vidvidav-peredovi-poz-2929

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