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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy talks with servicemen as he visits the war-hit Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy talks with servicemen as he visits the war-hit Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, May 27, 2019 (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office photo via AP Images).

Can Zelensky, Riding High, Negotiate an End to the War in Eastern Ukraine?

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is on a roll. In April, he trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko at the polls. Last month, Zelensky’s Servant of the People party won a majority mandate in a snap parliamentary election, so it can press ahead with much-needed reforms. But a bigger challenge looms: finding a path to negotiate an end to the war in eastern Ukraine.

Zelensky’s winning streak could be tested when he meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in September. He is seeking more leverage over Russia in an attempt to resolve the conflict that has raged in eastern Ukraine since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. But to do so, Zelensky will need to square a circle over the question of Ukraine’s potential NATO membership bid. ...

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