Ukraine: Time for Cool Heads to Prevail

  • Marcel JesenskýEmail author


In 2014, the signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union provoked deep political crisis, violent clashes and fatalities in Kyiv. Ban Ki-moon appealed for peaceful dialogue between President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders. The events in Kyiv polarized the country and led to a mounting separatist movement in the south-east of the country. Crimea, a part of Russia until 1954, unilaterally seceded from Ukraine. The situation deteriorated with secessionist moves in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine. The diplomatic talks in February 2015 led to the Minsk agreements on a political settlement of the conflict, but the situation remained volatile and it could develop into a “protracted conflict.”


Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General United Nations Ukraine Russia European Union Crimea Donetsk Luhansk Malaysia Airline flight MH17 Minsk agreements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université d’OttawaOttawaCanada

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