KyivPost

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

Print version
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.
© AFP

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. 

Read the story here. 

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.