Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict How Islamist militant groups are gaining 3 weeks 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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Bakalavr Dankóvskiy
Война не между Украиной и сепарами, а между Украиной и Рашкой пидарашкой парашкой
Jack R
What people forget is that the Ukrainians are armed to the teeth. There's a large stockpile of weapons, meant to be used against NATO but which ended up in the hands of the Ukrainian army. There's also an advanced defense industry which produced, among others, the Antonov An-225. They've also signed a deal with Europe to buy batteries of the MIM-104 Patriot. They're not exactly pushovers.
Benjamin Vastly
Can Ukraine join NATO?
kazakh mustang
Ukraine stay strong!
Gerald Pastias
Idiot ukraine. Russia can just roll tanks there any time of the day. The second strongest republic in ussr but now the most miserable one. Even poland is more industrialized today than this hell of a failure state. And they still want to join eu. Why would eu accept a bankrupt third world country if they are even having a hard time with industrialized greece
Thom4s The polish aka proud slav
Support Russia from Poland
Zambie Slaya2016
God hates war and so do I, I want all of those people and civilians to stop killing each other and I know God does the most
Leo Di Gennaro
i didnt understand one point:
it is said at the beginning that ukraine choosed to decline the purpose of EU maintaining the closeness with russia. then I don't understand why the separatists did the revolts after.
what is the connection?
Marmitaa
"In war, the civilian's suffer the most." - Me
Ghostface Warrior
Hi
CoOl dOggO :
I like how the video completely left out the fact that the majority of the people in eastern Ukraine identify as Russian. Funny when ethnic minorities are fighting for their freedom, the west is just as quick to play the authoritarian card like any other bully superpower, so long as the people they're fighting against, aren't they're ethnic friends.
FlowerTrollSan
Lies and propaganda. Long live Russia and all Russians in the world. ❤
RagingTiger 22
Saddening to see Europeans still killing each other over old rivalries
As Europe is under threat
By outside forces...
We should be United against these threats
Now if you ask liberals like vox they will tell you that's it's not

And dismiss you as a racist...
Roubik A
All of Ukraine is Russia . Russians forces in Ukraine are not foreign forces . God bless Ukraine
Eli Gordon
What exactly are separatist and why are they there?
yurii hrechka
Ukraine will win in this war against Russians (москалі)! Glory to Ukraine! Death to enemies!
Philip V
New russian sanctions for winter. Ukraine will freeze. Thank the kiev terrorists.
Mohamed from bankstown
Exact same tactic of reconnaissance and intelligence happened in WW2 for Hitlers Lebensraum plan and invasion of Poland. All part of a major plan to expand territory by making it look legit
Powerwolf
Glory to Ukraine!
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How Islamist militant groups are gaining Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict 3 weeks 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.

To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign policy.

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