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Carol Matlack: Why Ukraine can't win an all-out military victory - and shouldn't try

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July 8, 2014, 12:25 p.m. | Op-ed — by Carol Matlack

Ukrainian troops ride an armoured personnel carrier (APC) bearing the Ukrainian flag through a field of sunflowers towards Nickolayevka, a small eastern Ukrainian city near Slavyansk, on July 5, 2014.
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Carol Matlack

Suddenly, Ukraine's army is winning. Over the weekend Kyiv's troops recapturedseveral cities in the eastern Donetsk region, sending pro-Russian rebels fleeing to strongholds further east. Now President Petro Poroshenko is planning a "complete blockade" of the region's two other main cities, Donetsk and Luhansk, according to a Ukrainian television report that quoted the deputy head of the country's National Defense and Security Council. 

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