It was probably the singular moment at a conference on the future of Ukraine: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that Vladimir Putin wants to take “all of Ukraine,” that the Russian president intends to “eliminate Ukraine as an independent country.” Yatsenyuk delivered this stark assessment at the eleventh annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES) conference, held this year in Kiev—a location that alone gave force to his words. For Yalta, of course, is in Crimea, and Crimea is now in Russian hands.

Try as I might, after spending a long weekend in Kiev at the...


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