Russia’s intervention in Syria is distracting the public’s attention away from Ukraine, but the war for the East rages on. Where is the conflict headed, and what is Russia planning?
Fighting continued well past the start of the ceasefire agreed upon in Minsk II. However, the real test to building a lasting peace and negotiated settlement is the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front lines; violations on this issue are the main indicator of a Minsk II failure and will precipitate a resumption of conflict in eastern Ukraine.
One of approximately 40 volunteer battalions under Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Dnipro Battalion's base in Dnipropetrovsk Obslast pits it directly against separatists, but the battalion's benefactor, oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, and the fighters conduct jeapordize the chance of support from the West.