Ongoing War in Donbas: Two years ago, I thought the war in Ukraine was over - Daily Signal

17:05 Sep. 2, 2016

Two years ago, I thought the war in Ukraine was over - Daily Signal

A view of the destroyed Donetsk Airport and a destroyed cupola of the Iversky Monastery (Getty Images)

Despite two ceasefires, the war in Ukraine has never ended

Two years ago, on Sept. 5, 2014, the Ukraine war's first cease-fire went into effect. For a brief moment, the guns fell silent along the front lines in Ukraine's embattled southeastern Donbas region.

These areas included the outskirts of the southern port city of Mariupol, where Ukrainian and combined Russian-separatist forces were engaged in a tank and heavy artillery battle.

But the cease-fire collapsed the day after its signing, and a second cease-fire, called Minsk II, went into effect in February 2015. It also quickly failed. Today, the war remains locked in a static trench warfare stalemate.

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About 10,000 Ukrainians have died because of the conflict, and more than 1 million have been displaced. Heavy weapons banned by the Minsk II cease-fire still are used every day, and soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict still are dying.

The Daily Signal's foreign correspondent, Nolan Peterson, was in Mariupol in the days leading up to the first ceasefire in September 2014.

Read some of his journal entries from that time here

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