Reunification in Ukraine Unlikely
Despite the peace established by the Minsk Agreements in 2015, officials in Ukraine have recently reported that reunification of the country will not only be challenging but also largely unwanted. Since 2014, Ukraine has been embroiled in a conflict with Russia over who should have control over a disputed region of Eastern Ukraine that borders Russia. Separatist towns in eastern Ukraine have integrated into Russian society by using Russian currency and educational standards, and 40% of the population in the region prefers the Russian-led Customs Union over the European Union. Violence between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government has led to over 10,000 deaths since the fighting began. Furthermore, western Ukrainians see the agreements as a Russian trap and both sides have been expanding their armies. Due to these sentiments, Ukraine’s domain could officially see some border adjustments in the next few years.
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