The Ukraine Conflict and the Problems of War Termination

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The war in the east of Ukraine is now in its fifth year and, despite the cost-benefit logic for both sides of securing a peace, the chances of terminating this conflict remain remote. Using the theoretical literature on war termination, this article demonstrates that the problems of resolving the conflict in the Donbas lie in complex structural issues that are not easy to resolve. In order to make this argument this article examines the problems of bringing the conflict to an end by framing the problems according to four key questions: is war working for the belligerents; is there a peace to be made; is peace too costly; and, can the war be stopped?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-43
JournalJournal of Slavic Military Studies
Issue number1
Early online date29 Mar 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Mar 2020


  • Ukraine
  • War Termination
  • Russia


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