Editorial Board

Ukraine's Least Terrible Option

Compromise in the Ukraine conflict is obstructed by a significant historical reality: Once Russian troops have established control over a piece of neighboring territory, it is lost for good.

It beats the alternative.

Photographer: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

It is with low expectations that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have gone to Moscow to secure a settlement for eastern Ukraine. And rightly so, because compromise in this conflict is obstructed by a hard historical truth: Both sides know that once Russian troops have established control over a piece of neighboring territory, it is lost for good.

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