Ukraine this year provided two such opportunities, complicated by the context of post-revolutionary political upheaval, the annexation of Crimea and an ongoing armed conflict in the eastern regions of the country. Both elections were observed by large Election Observation Missions ( eom s) of the osce
On the 1st of September, 2014, only a few months after a declaration concerning the fact that Ukraine lost control over Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (provinces),
the President of Ukraine and the President of the Russian Federation ( rf ) signed a ceasefire agreement
* A version of this article was originally published by The National Interest , February 2017.
** Matthew Rojansky is an expert on u.s. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, he has advised governments, intergovernmental