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Today the Washington Post reported that U.S., European, Russian, and Ukrainian diplomats reached a deal to end the armed protests and expand local autonomy in eastern Ukraine. But the New York Times reports that President Vladimir Putin reasserted Russia’s “historical claim” to the eastern Ukraine, and his right to use military force to “protect” that claim. This comes as yNet reports the pro-Russian government in Donetsk has ordered Jews to register their religion and property or face deportation. Is the situation in the Ukraine getting better … or worse?