Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict

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Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict 4.5
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.


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.

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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glad people still look to this conflict.

Author — john pardon


1:44 Russia didn't join separatists, Russia fully prepared, armed, financed orchestrated and covered them.
It's not even a secret. The main leaders didn't even hide their Russian citizenship.

Author — Yar Gord


Russia: *(destabilizes Ukraine)*
Ukraine: *(fights back)*
Russia: Damn Western imperialists.

Author — Cory Branch


i just wish it ends now, as bloodless as it can be right now.( i don't think there is a person in russia or ukraine who doesn't have a relative in ukraine/ russia correspondingly, so it's everybody's business, it just hurts me to see that(

Author — Maryana


I live on Lugansk region, curently in town known as Krasniy Luch, I can tell you the video didn't lie

Author — Ферик Араджян


Stay strong Ukraine! We support you in Finland!

Author — Olli Koskinen


Respect Ukraine from iraq!
Crimea is Ukraine.

Author — Hello Stranger


The people of Ukriane deserve their independence and freedom. Millions of Ukrainians starved to death during Stalin's man made Famine in the earlie 1930s. And where them occupied again by the USSR again for 6 decades.

Author — Gipsy Danger


Uh...Ukraine has a right to defend its territorial sovereignty. Russia has de facto invaded the Ukraine. Exactly what is wrong with the Ukrainians fighting back?

Author — Nick Walsh


What’s worse about this is that when the Soviet Union dissolved, Ukraine had some of Russia’s nuclear weapons. Russia got them back by saying “If you give the nukes back, we’ll never touch your borders again.” They lied.

Author — ShinyArc


Now have you ever seen a single ukrainian refugee in western europe?


Well why do young men from syria have to come here then???

Author — Jacqirius


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

Author — Vox


Im chinese pro western democracy (but keep silent), im support ukraine

Author — 奶赤裸裸


Ukrainian government has all rights to get rid of the rebels any means necessary

Author — Pekka Laurila


If russian wanted ukraine ... they would of have taken it already

Author — EpicHunter117 Gaming


Hey Vox, you guys looking for an extra video editor?

Author — BanditRants


Agree with all information has been said at this video.
P. S. I'm Ukrainian 🇺🇦

Author — Johan Mihalsson


Russia, Russia, Russia... not a single word about USA and EU inverventions that started a war and keep the conflict alive to this day, only Russia to blame. Shame.

Author — D'artagnan


Starting 1:30 just propaganda all the way. No Anti-Maidan was mentioned, no Referendum's and Pro-Rerefendumer's, aka as Pro-Russian Ukrainian's. No Odessa, no Kharkov at the same time Donetsk and Lugansk were rallying against Ukrainian Nationalism. Typical Western "belief" of "Russia" controlling the Ukrainian Conflict. At the end you mention about the Far-Right groups, but ever thought that those Far-Right groups attacked innocent people first during Euromaidan and during Anti-Maidan?
If Russia was to *actually* destabilize Ukraine, they would've gone for Kharkov. It's the most strategic region in Eastern Ukraine, not Lugansk.

Author — Ukraine War Awareness


China invaded Tibet same like Russia invaded Ukraine

Author — Rathod Sanjay Singh