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Europe’s Bleeding Wound

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A local woman surveys the damage to her house, which was almost totally destroyed by shelling in the fighting between Ukrainian troops and militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, January 30, 2015.
Local residents replace a window shattered by the same explosion that killed the man lying in the street, following artillery exchanges between Ukrainian troops and militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, January 30, 2015.
Militia members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) together with OSCE observers walk through the territory of Donetsk International Airport, which was destroyed in the heaviest shelling of 2014-15 between Ukrainian troops and DPR militia . Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, April 4, 2015.
A militia member of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) feeds a cat in front of destroyed buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Uglegorsk, not far from Debaltsevo, Donetsk area, Ukraine/DPR, February 19, 2015. The battle for Debaltsevo was one of the bloodiest between the DPR militia and Ukrainian troops during the war in Eastern Ukraine.
A local resident cries beside the body of a family member, who was killed by shrapnel as a result of artillery fire between Ukrainian troops and militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, February 14, 2015.
A local woman surveys the damage to her house, which was almost totally destroyed by artillery fire between Ukrainian troops and militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, February 2, 2015.
Local people stand beside a column of tanks of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) on the outskirts of Lugansk, Ukraine/LPR, October 20, 2015.
Mother and child throw soil during the funeral of five fighters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), killed in battle with the Ukrainian armed forces in the town of Maryinka, at the cemetery in Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, June 6, 2015.
A militia member of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) stands next to a woman’s house, which was damaged by shelling, in Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, July 31, 2016.
Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic exhume the body of a Ukrainian soldier, who was abandoned during the retreat of Ukrainian troops from Debaltsevo. Donetsk region, Ukraine/DPR, April3, 2016.
A mother helps clean the hand of her son Andrey, 12, who lost his other hand in a landmine explosion, at the Traumatology Hospital in rebel-held Donetsk, Ukraine/DPR, August 15, 2015.
Local resident Katerina Izvekova, 77, shows the damage done to her house in the fighting between militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and the Ukrainian armed forces near the separation line in the rebel-controlled village of Vesele (Veseloye) in the Donetsk region, Ukraine/DPR, July 27, 2020.

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine is the bloodiest in Europe since the Balkan wars. According to the United Nations, civilian and military deaths standat almost 14,000, with more than 25,000 injured. According to unofficial sources, the numbers are much higher. The war in the Donbass region, caused by national, economic, political, language and other issues, is calling into doubt Ukraine’s continued viability as a country. It is becoming a frozen conflict with periodic surges in violence. The people living there are the war’s real victims, even as events in the war zone can have global political reverberations.

 

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