Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict How Islamist militant groups are gaining 11 months ago   04:25

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The ceasefire is completely ignored.

Correction: In a previous version, the Russian Empire at 2:31 did not include Finland and northern Kazakhstan and at 2:34 the map mistakenly depicted the Warsaw Pact members, not the Soviet Union.

At 2:03 the Minsk II agreement refers to the separatist enclaves as "certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine" not the DPR and LPR.

Sources:
Russian Empire: https://www.loc.gov/item/2015591079/
Soviet Union: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g7001f.ct001572/

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The present conflict in Ukraine started in 2014. Today, there are 100,000 fighters stationed in the country, making it one of the most heavily militarized regions in the world. In Ukraine's east, Ukrainian forces are engaged in a struggle with Russian-backed separatists.

A ceasefire was called in 2015, with a security zone established that was meant to foster peace. However, today the security zone remains one of the most violent places in the Ukraine. With over 10,000 deaths to date, and over 1.5 million civilians displaced, the cost of ignoring the ceasefire continues to mount by the day. And both sides are still building up their forces.

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What
Russia joined the rebellion?!?
eoin ye
Just eat Ukraine they're not very big
Lone Wanderer
russia is indeed an occupier, me as a Georgian learned it the hard way, love and support from Georgia, we are brothers and will always help each other, no matter what, sooner or later russia will fall and we will have a chance to get our revenge.
Colin Anderson
Forgot to mention the coup in Kiev ousting a democratically elected government. Pro Moscow or not.... They were elected. 🇷🇺
Garvin Benjamin -G LION
That's what's up
mel mede
Obama and Hillary stirred up the trouble in Ukraine just as they did in Syria.
Yaswant Jaiswal
Love from Russia to india
JOVAN CHAKRABORTY
Respect to Ukraine

From the UAE
rihard360xd GT
Nato will help you ukraine no problem
Sántos Pótus
Interesting how the overthrow of the pro-Russian president and establishments of equally corrupt pro western government got omitted.
Considering it is the fundamental reason why Russia took over Crimea, and why the eastern Ukrainians rose up in revolt against the new illegitimate government.
People's Republic of Great Han
I don't see any respects from Russia hahaha
Aqeeb Javed
Ukraine is a beautiful country i was there for 6 years i did my medical graduation from lugansk...but now lugansk and donetsk is completely destroyed it feels bad to see ukraine in this condition..my prayer to the ukranian people ..
Big Boss
The radiation is messing with the brains of Ukrainians and russians
Terminator XZ1997
Why can't people call it for what it is: a Russian hybrid against Ukraine.
Sweden Ball
Peace and Respect For Ukraine, From The U.S
Mark
Thanks vox once again for sneaking in little distortions and lies in an otherwise well edited and informative piece. Tried and true tactic..
jose ordoñez
With the prisioner exchange maybe the diplomatic relations can improve.
Jake Nowell
2014-2019 end the war jeez
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How Islamist militant groups are gaining Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict 11 months ago   05:20

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Terrorist groups are destabilizing countries all over the continent.

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Islamist terrorist groups have found a new home and it's not in the Middle East -- it's in Africa. Specifically, the Sahel, a band of territory in West Africa between the Sahara desert and the savannah.

Since the early 2000s, Islamist extremist groups have increasingly strengthened their base here -- training fighters, raising money, and launching a massive number of attacks.

Some are linked to al-Qaeda and other Islamic State. This is throwing these already weak countries into crises and making the region one of the most dangerous in the world.

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