Novorossiya Is Coming Apart at the Seams

From Anna Nemtsova:

Pro-Kremlin think tank analyst and insider Yuri Krupnov explained the shift to me: “There’s a crisis of management in Russia,” he said. “Moscow elites have managed to convince Putin to give up the idea of Novorossiya. Many in Moscow can’t wait for European Union sanctions to be lifted, so Putin will meet with [Ukrainian President] Poroshenko and [E.U. Commission President] Barroso soon and most probably cut a deal.” But Krupnov hastens to add that Russia’s willingness to bargain with Kiev does not signal an end to the conflict: “Moscow has betrayed Novorossiya,” he says, “but that doesn’t mean it will guarantee peace.”

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