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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has just performed a sharp about-face: after months of rejecting the idea, he is now calling for United Nations peacekeepers to separate the sides in eastern Ukraine. A U.N. force really could help secure the country’s dysfunctional truce.

It’s a shame that Poroshenko’s proposal is probably only a diplomatic maneuver meant to provide the U.S. with a further argument for arming the Ukrainian military.

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