Russian Troops Ensure Putin’s “Frozen Conflict in Europe”

Guest Contributor:

Sergiy Taruta, Former Governor of Donetsk Oblast

It’s been over eight months since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine that began immediately following Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Whereas in Crimea the presence of Russian troops was evident from the outset, Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s mainland started as a covert operation. Russia inspired, trained and supplied separatist terrorist forces that initially consisted mostly of mercenaries from various regions in Russia and local thugs. Open military aggression by Russian regular troops became evident only in late August after the Ukrainian armed forces had successfully retaken most of the occupied territory, driving the terrorists to the Russian border and surrounding the main cities in the region, Donetsk and Luhansk. Deploying overwhelming firepower and thousands of troops, Russia’s military offensive has for now halted the advances of the Ukrainian army and volunteer battalions.

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published 16 October 2014: EU, Europe, Military, NATO, Russia