Crimea doesn't qualify as a "Frozen Conflict", it's a done deal.
Eastern Ukraine on the other hand...well, from what I see now the new president is not changing much for the time being. He hasn't even changed mowt of the guys at the helm, hopefully for the time being untill after the parliamentary elections. Hopefully after that and winning a majority there he will have the courage to stand up againt the nationalists, start a dialogue with the guys in the East, he has mentioned a desire for a dialogue to stqrt solving the problem.
If not, the East will remain a frozen conflict till Ukraine falls apart or someone with the courage for dialogue gets into the president's office.
Crimea is a frozen conflict because it will never be sanctioned by the rest of the world. Same as the west bank/Gaza Strip or Western Sahara or Tibet.
Eastern Ukraine will be solved when the Putin regime stops meddling in Eastern Ukraine. When Putin's Russia stops supporting those guys, they need to go back to the negotiation table. Now they have all the power so they have everything to lose, nothing to gain. Your Putin blocks a solution, nobody else.
1) Nope, not frozen conflict. They are a part of the Russian Federation and enjoy all the privilages and benefits of being a part. No less than someone in Moscow, Tatarstan or Vladivostok. Nothing similar to "Gaza strip". Nice try though.
2) Well I hope there are politicians in Ukraine that are smarter or more open minded than you and view the situation in Donbass that is partially as a result of the actions of Kiev, that people there are "seperatists" for a reason, that they still are (formally) citizens of the same country and that the only way to solve this conflict is dialogue and adressing their concerns.
If not there is no chance in hell that they will be part of the same country until:
a) Somehow Kiev manages to throw forces in there and do a mini-genocide
b) Ukraine falls apart.
Option "b" is looking more likely after Ukraine's previous "outing" in the East.
People like you with views like this in the west are part of the ongoing problem in Ukraine. I understand that you don't really have a voice in the politics of your regime, but if individuals that do put their foot down and forced Ukraine to go back to the negotiating table with the seperatists, forced them to move in the direction discussed in the Minsk Accords, the situation could be resolved in months. For God's sake, don't give them any more handouts untill they do! I understand you guys had no clue what you got yourselves into back in 2014 supporting these clowns and can't lose face now, but Ukraine is and has been under patrial foreign control for the last 5 years. You gotta say "bad dog" once in a while so they don't forget who's feeding them.
I will fathom a guess that within the next 4-5 years Russia and the west will sit down, agree on some mutually acceptable solution and afterwards invite Ukraine and the seperatists to the table, say "Enough, you two sign here and behave!". Like what happened with Moldova recently.
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