A New Ceasefire Deal for Donbas
A ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and rebel forces in eastern Ukraine has come into effect. GMF’s Bruno Lété joined Euronews ‘Good Morning Europe’ to explain how the ceasefire will influence the frozen conflict.
The new ceasefire is the latest in some two dozen failed attempts to end fighting in Ukraine’s troubled east. This time, however, the ceasefire might stand. “This current ceasefire is linked to international diplomacy and the Normandy format peace talks. I am hopeful that this ceasefire will stand, at least until the next Normandy format meeting happens,” Lété said.
According to Lété, resolving the conflict in Ukraine will remain difficult despite the ceasefire. “Ukraine wants peace, but it also wants to re-gain control over its eastern territories. Russia is interested to maintain the situation in eastern Ukraine and to project its influence. Each party has a very narrowly defined position,” he said. After all, the Ukraine conflict is “an international problem,” Lété argued. The involvement of two European powers, Germany and France, in the negotiations adds complexity to the conflict. “European powers like France and Germany want a normal relationship with Russia, but they are not keen to do that without peace in Ukraine.”