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Troops Withdraw from Eastern Ukraine: Is an End to the Conflict in Sight?

October 30, 2019

Episode Notes:

This week, Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists began to withdraw from the town of Zolote in eastern Ukraine. The removal of forces was pushed by President Volodymyr Zelensky as part of his vision to end his country’s conflict with Russia. Michael Kofman, senior research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses, joins us to discuss how this move aggravates rifts inside the country without significantly improving the underlying conditions for peace between Ukraine and Russia, and whether it could change America’s calculations with respect to both countries.

[ 0:09 ] Introduction
[ 0:43 ] Timeline of recent events
[ 1:40 ] Ukrainian political dynamics
[ 2:28 ] Success of troop withdrawal
[ 3:34 ] Impact on Ukraine-Russia relations and peace
[ 7:20 ] Considerations for U.S. strategy in the region

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