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Watching for Signs of Progress in Eastern Ukraine

Oct 2, 2019 | 16:12 GMT
A house in the village of Roza in eastern Ukraine is left burning after fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists on Sept. 6, 2019.

A house in the village of Roza in eastern Ukraine is left burning after fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists on Sept. 6.

(VALENTIN SPRINCHAK/TASS via Getty Images)

On Sept. 18, Ukraine announced it was preparing to pull back its military presence 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from the roughly 450-kilometer front line in eastern Ukraine on the basis that Russian-backed separatist forces do the same. Specifically, Kyiv stressed that the successful completion of this plan would depend on concurring "reciprocal actions from the opposite side." This announcement follows a high-profile prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia on Sept. 7. Combined, these two recent developments suggest that the door to further de-escalation may be opening wider -- and with it, the potential for diplomatic progress toward addressing the nearly six-year conflict in eastern Ukraine....

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