Two years ago, protesters gathered in central Kiev to demand change and reforms, eventually ousting then-President Yanukovich. However, 730 days later, the country is far from prosperity, with mounting debts and a costly conflict in the east.
The ceasefire observed by all parties in the Ukrainian conflict has led to a 55 percent reduction in deaths and injuries among civilians in Donbass, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. However, the overall threat has not been eliminated.
Little noticed amongst all the Syria coverage, peace has been breaking out across Ukraine. After a faltering start, the so-called ‘Minsk II’ agreement - signed in February by the so-called ‘Normandy Four’ – now seems to be making serious headway.
One of the world’s leading academic publishers, Oxford University Press, has apparently recognized Crimea as a part of Russia under international law. A new student textbook refers to the peninsula as Russian territory.
Despite a 15-month-long Dutch-led probe not definitively concluding who fired the BUK surface-to-air missile or the precise location from which it originated, the US continues to pursue its “belief” that it was east Ukrainian rebels who downed flight MH17.
Armed forces of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) have begun withdrawing weapons under 100mm caliber from the conflict zone with Ukrainian troops. A tank column has also started moving away to a new stationing area.