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    Kiev seems to have given up the idea of a "united, sovereign Ukraine." The country is shattered, and the Ukrainian authorities apparently do not count on a quick reunion with the eastern breakaway regions, ORF correspondent reported.

    The truce in Eastern Ukraine is still in force, but Kiev and Donbass militias are far from finding a political solution to the conflict. The country is becoming more fragmented, which can be clearly seen at the checkpoints on the Ukrainian roads that rather resemble real border control points, separating two different countries, ORF correspondent said.

    On the way to the city of Artemovsk, which is located 80 kilometers north of Donetsk, cars are waiting in a huge queue.

    “We arrived just half an hour ago. We will have to wait five or six hours, I guess,” said Donetsk resident Andrey who was going to visit his relatives in the city.

    First there were the usual roadblocks, but now there are constructions resembling border control points.

    This indicates that Kiev does not expect a quick reunion with the pro-Russian territories in the east of Ukraine and that political conflict is likely to continue, further complicating lives of Ukrainian residents, the correspondent said.

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