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Due to the West’s reluctance to offer military support, as well as the difficult situation in Donbas, Ukraine has been forced to seek a compromise with Moscow.
The act is an effect of the agreement reached on 5 September in Minsk during the meeting of the trilateral contact group.
The elections will be held in a very tense atmosphere, and the outcome will largely depend on further developments in the Donbas.
A precedent: the EU recognises the right of Russia to influence the shape of EU relations with the countries of the former USSR.
The agreement won't bring an end to the conflict. Its vague and general provisions allow a great deal of flexibility in its interpretation by both parties.
The Kremlin’s decision to launch a direct military intervention was apparently a reaction to the threat of the collapse of the so-called People's Republics.