Looming civil war

Print edition : June 27, 2014

Ukrainian Army paratroopers prepare to move to position in Slovyansk on May 31. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

A rally in support of the Donetsk People's Republic in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 31. Photo: MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

(From right) Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia), Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazhakhstan) and Alexander Lukashenko (Belarus) at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Astana on May 29. Photo: Michael Klimentyev/AFP

President Petro Poroshenko at a press conference in Kiev on May 25. Photo: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP

Russia withdraws its troops from the border with Ukraine, but the latter rejects dialogue with the Russian-speaking people in the eastern region, claiming that military action is the only way to put down their revolt.
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