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Mark MacKinnon
Mark MacKinnon
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Analysis

NATO has no right to push Ukraine to keep fighting a war it can’t win

In the hours before Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took his place at the roundtable amid 28 NATO leaders, the shells began to fall on the city of Mariupol.

By the time NATO had finished promising Mr. Poroshenko a “trust fund” that would allow members to donate to upgrading the Ukrainian military, the strategic Azov Sea port was bracing for an all-out assault by pro-Russian fighters. The rebels have made stunning advances in the past 10 days, helped – according to NATO – by several thousand regular Russian troops, backed by hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles.