Ukraine has options left — all bad

А column of military trucks drive through Donetsk, on November 2, 2014Ukraine’s government still has options after separatist elections showed its helplessness against a Russian-backed rebellion. Analysts and officials paint a grim scenario facing Ukraine’s pro-Western government as it ponders how to respond to the separatists’ tightening grip on the industrial south-eastern Donbass region. Sunday’s leadership elections — approved by Moscow despite intense Western pressure — were only the latest addition to a growing sense that rebel areas have slipped near permanently from Kiev’s control. Recapturing rebel-held cities in Donbass like Donetsk and Lugansk is widely accepted to be beyond the small Ukrainian military’s capabilities.

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