Anders Åslund writes about the war in Donbas and the costs it imposes on Ukraine. The economic and humanitarian situation in the Donbas is terrible. Ukraine cannot afford to pay large amounts of public expenses to a territory that it does not control and where it cannot collect taxes. Rebels have looted banks and ATM machines, Ukrainian citizens have to collect their pensions on territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.
BY ANDERS ÅSLUND
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