The Minsk Agreements Rest on Incompatible Views of Sovereignty (Chatham House)

Implementing the agreements to end the war in eastern Ukraine means that either Ukraine’s view must prevail, or Russia’s view must prevail. Western governments should be unequivocal in their defence of Ukraine’s.

Duncan Allan

What place for women in Ukraine’s memory politics? (Olesya Khromeychuk, openDemocracy)

Conflict may have forced Ukraine to re-evaluate its past, but public officials do their country a disservice by excluding and particularising the role of women.

Dealing with a simmering Ukraine-Russia conflict (Fiona Hill, Steven Pifer, Brookings)

A major foreign policy challenge that will confront the new U.S. administration from day one is Ukraine and its conflict with Russia. The February 2015 Minsk II settlement that was to end the fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region has yet to be implemented. There is little sign that Moscow wants a settlement, apparently preferring a “simmering” rather than “frozen” conflict, where it can turn the heat up or down to pressure Kyiv. This ongoing conflict and perpetual state of uncertainty distracts the Ukrainian government from much-needed domestic reforms.

Safeguarding Ukraine’s Progress (Anders Åslund, Project-Syndicate)

Ukraine’s immediate economic crisis has been resolved, but its economy remains fragile and still needs international support. If the new Ukrainian government becomes complacent, the country’s gains could be lost.