“While Mr. Blinken’s trip was a demonstration of renewed American commitment to an independent, democratic and Western-leaning Ukraine, for many longtime watchers of U.S.-Ukraine policy, it was a depressing reminder of how little has changed in a country that has become ground zero for a renewed power struggle between Washington and Moscow.

“‘It is very much déjà vu,’ said Andrea Kendall-Taylor, a Russia expert with the Center for a New American Security who advised the Biden transition team. ‘It all feels eerily similar to where we’ve already been…'”

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