Since 2014, the War in Ukraine has been an ongoing armed conflict within the Eastern European country. It is a complex situation with multiple parties involved, including pro-Russian separatists supported by Russia and Ukrainian military forces backed by other states. The war has had a devastating impact on the people of Ukraine and resulted in thousands of casualties, economic disruption and displacement of civilians.
Background to Conflict
The conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces began after former president Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown during Euromaidan protests in February 2014. This led to a period of unrest as tensions increased between Russia and Ukraine over control of Crimea – which culminated in the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine at the end of March 2014. In April 2014, pro-Russian separatist groups began taking control over parts of eastern Ukraine culminating in open warfare by July 2014 when active combat operations were launched against each other by both sides.
Throughout its duration, the War in Ukraine has drawn international condemnation from countries such as the United States who view it as an illegal invasion into sovereign territory while others have condemned what they perceive to be human rights abuses committed by all sides involved. Sanctions have been imposed on both Russia for its involvement with separatist forces and on Ukrainian rebels due to their alleged violations against international law during fighting operations inside eastern regions such as Donbass (in Donetsk Oblast) or Luhansk Oblast where hostilities are still ongoing despite several ceasefires being agreed between all parties since 2016 under Minsk Protocols agreements (Minsk I & II).
Impact On Economy & People Throughout this period there have been increasing levels poverty amongst affected populations living close to frontline areas due to damage caused from fighting activities displacing civilian families from their homes resulting massive levels unemployment combined with humanitarian aid blockades adding further strain onto already crippled economies throughout these regions causing social dislocation leading towards political instability.”