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Leonid Bershidsky

Ukraine Is Being Told to Live With Putin

European leaders have amended the Ukrainian ceasefire agreement to put the onus of upholding it on Kiev.
We don't have your back.

We don't have your back.

Photographer: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has long had trouble understanding that the Western support of his government is conditional. Now the leaders of France and Germany have told him that in no uncertain terms: The ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine has just been recast to put the onus on Poroshenko, rather than on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Going into Friday's negotiations with French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Putin in Paris, Poroshenko was looking belligerent. He had just delivered a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations, entirely devoted to Russia's depredations against his country.  His interior minister, Arsen Avakov, was boasting that the Ukrainian National Guard had "finally" received U.S. sniper rifles and anti-tank grenades.