Whereas the United States(US), the European Union(EU) and the United Nations(UN) have determined that they will not recognize the elections and results held in eastern Ukraine this past Sunday, conventional wisdom suggests that most other nations of the International Community would follow pattern. Western powers, the UN and Ukraine have determined that the elections were a sham contrary to a Belarus agreement between the parties that called for the elections to conducted under Ukrainian law and to held in December and not under the breakaway region's accords.
But the fact that the Ukraine armed forces were unsuccessful in handing back the breakaway regions to the Kiev government prior to the vote in Ukraine and subsequently, the vote in Donetsk and Luhansk, then a rejoining of Ukraine original sovereign territory appears unlikely. Moreover, if independent monitors could certify and attest that the eastern elections were fair, then, some consideration could be offered those in the east in their decision to pursue a rustic road of nostalgia instead of the path to economic development, prosperity and peace as Kiev and Lviv and other Ukraine cities have certified. In other words, if eastern Ukraine has elected to "eat cake", then let them "eat cake".
Duped by Putin into a hurried cease-fire as the NATO Summit was about to start in Wales, United Kingdom, recently, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko was used by Putin to divert broad NATO scrutiny of Russia's role in meddling in Ukraine. Poroshenko announced a peace deal, then withdrew it, then he reasserted the deal that was later ratified in Belarus. And like some pacts, Russia has broken a few, diversions from what was signed in Belarus on the part of Russia should come as no surprise.
In conclusion, without direct NATO military assistance, Ukraine will lose eastern Ukraine. So to save time, economic resources and more lives, Kiev should look to assure that the terms of the final Ukraine divorce decree from the east are satisfactory to the people of Ukraine.