Russian Hopes of Sanctions Relief Fade Amid Ukraine Deadlock

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  • Russia's `desperate' to ease economic penalties, analyst says
  • Political splits make Ukraine unable to enforce peace deal

More than 9,000 people have died and several million fled their homes during nearly two years of fighting in eastern Ukraine that sparked the worst crisis between Russia and its former Cold War adversaries since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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When it comes to sanctions relief for Russia, the last step might be the most difficult.

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