As Ukrainians prepare to vote in Sunday's presidential election, Russia is sending mixed signals about whether it will respect their right to self-determination. President
Those are encouraging signs. They suggest that the calibrated sanctions the United States and its European allies have imposed on prominent Russian figures — with threats of broader sanctions if Russia undermines the election — may have had some success in checking further Russian adventurism. (The sanctions have done nothing, however, to roll back the Russian
But parts of eastern Ukraine are still under the control of pro-Russia separatists who may be taking orders from Russian special forces. Putin could do more to ensure that separatists don't prevent Ukrainian citizens from casting their ballots. It wouldn't be out of character for the Kremlin to collude in preventing Ukrainians from voting and then question the legitimacy of the outcome because of low participation.