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The cease-fire agreement announced in Minsk on February 12 may or may not end the fighting in the Donbas.

But what it does not do is resolve the issues at the heart of the yearlong conflict in Ukraine. Nor does it prevent Russia from continuing to meddle in Kyiv's affairs.

In fact, if anything, the long hand of Moscow may have just gotten longer -- and stronger.

On the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we unpack the Minsk II accord and what it means for the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Joining me are Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; Andreas Umland, a professor of Russian and Ukrainian history at Kyiv Mohyla Academy and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv; and Natalia Churikova, senior editor in RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and host of the program European Connect.


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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or