Ukrainian authorities struggle to win favor after rebel withdrawal from Slovyansk

By Michael Birnbaum, July 12, 2014

SLOVYANSK, UKRAINE — Ukraine’s government trumpeted the rebels’ recent retreat from this key crossroad town as a major victory in its months-long battle against insurgents in the east.

But as Slovyansk’s residents clean up the rubble from destroyed homes and businesses, triumph is far from people’s minds. The fighting appears nowhere near being over; central authority is largely absent; and many of this nation’s long-felt divisions are deeper than ever.

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