Minsk Meeting

Saving a Divided Ukraine

A country torn.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If the Ukraine conflict cannot be solved, hostilities could extend beyond the split country to divide powers in Europe and beyond.

  • Facts


    • The Ukraine conflict started in Spring 2014.
    • The conflict may have cost 5,000 lives according to estimates by the German intelligence service.
    • Talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are planned Wednesday in Minsk to find a solution.
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On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s President Francoise Hollande, Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to try to thrash out the fate of Ukraine.

U.S. President Barack Obama made it clear how he saw the meeting. “We are in absolute agreement that the 21st century cannot have us stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe to be redrawn with the barrel of a gun,” he said in a press conference in Washington on Monday.

Ukraine’s sovereignty, his words implied, was not up for negotiation. The country must be whole, intact and independent, at any cost.

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