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'Frozen conflicts': Democracies decline to uphold their own values
'Frozen conflicts': Democracies decline to uphold their own values

The front lines in eastern Ukraine have moved very little in recent weeks as Russia-backed separatists and government forces hunker down for winter and a World War I-style impasse sets in. Ukraine appears on its way to becoming the latest "frozen conflict," a case of territorial aggression loudly condemned by an outside world unwilling to intervene and change it. A possession-is-nine-tenths-of-the-law mentality has often prevailed in the Kremlin since the breakup of the Soviet Union 23 years ago, with Russian troops controlling Moldova's Transnistria region since 1992 and propping up puppet governments established by pro-Russia separatists in the Abkhazia and South Ossetia...

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