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Ukraine´s Poroshenko battling in two fronts: democratic reforms and Putin´s “Lebensraum”.

In order for Ukraine´s President Poroshenko to implement democratic and economic reform fully and successfully, he must address Ukraine’s conflict with pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. Russia’s actions in actively supporting these rebel groups are severely hindering Ukraine’s reforms by draining the government’s already meager finances, diverting energy and attention away from the essential reforms mentioned above and by dissuading potential foreign investors.  The sequencing of democratic reforms is thus intertwined with the battle for the East. On the one hand, Poroshenko must establish a peaceful relationship with Russia and on the other hand, Ukraine´s  President must get a quick start on the needed internal reforms if he is to maintain both domestic political credibility and international financial support. READ MORE HERE