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The Economic Aid Ukraine Needs Now

Time is short as Russian-backed rebels advance.

Watching for pro-Russia insurgents again.

Photographer: OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK/AFP/Getty Images

Over the past two weeks, Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have moved their heavy weapons to the front, ending the relative peace that has prevailed since the Minsk accords were signed earlier this year. The goal for the moment seems to be to impoverish and destabilize Ukraine so that it will ultimately have to submit to Russian influence. With winter approaching, the Kremlin will soon have more ways to apply pressure; rebel shelling is likely to be just the start. 

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