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.

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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