“Grey zones” now litter the map of Eastern Europe. With the Russian annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Donetsk and Luhansk, Europe has added three new unrecognised entities to an already crowded field. With these latest additions, there are today seven unrecognised entities in the eastern neighbourhood, the other four being Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Life is quiet now in South Ossetia, but economic and social problems remain
The rupture caused by Russian's annexation of Crimea will take decades to mend
Depression mounts in Russia's "outpost" on the Dniester
With the collapse of the Russian rouble and the introduction of sanctions, the standard of living in Abkhazia has dropped
History teaches Crimean Tatars that the “Russian world” is dangerous and unpredictable
In doom-laden Lunhansk, signs suggest that the pressure on Kyiv won’t be ending any time soon