Global Affairs

Ukraine's future: Neither war nor peace

It is not likely that a peace deal to end the war can be achieved. What’s more likely is a ceasefire deal and many years of abortive diplomatic initiatives and periodic military confrontations.

Russia has destroyed a great deal but has conquered little. PHOTO: AFP
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Wars are easy to start but very difficult to conclude: that is a lesson Russian President Vladimir Putin is learning.

Six weeks into his invasion of Ukraine, it is clear that Mr Putin's key objectives have not been met and are unlikely to ever be reached. Russia has destroyed a great deal but has conquered little, and the wholesale murder of civilians has won Moscow few hearts and minds.

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