Russia-Ukraine conflict: How did it start, where will it lead? | DW News

About This Source - DW News

DW News is a global English-language news and information channel from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, established in summer 2015.

Recent from DW News:

  • India faces increasing difficulty disposing of COVID dead | DW News
  • Israel bombs Gaza apartment blocks +++ Hamas rockets rain on Israel | Israel Conflict Update
  • Colombia protesters set fire to police station as anger intensifies | DW News
  • DW News published this video item, entitled “Russia-Ukraine conflict: How did it start, where will it lead? | DW News” – below is their description.

    French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Paris for talks on escalating tensions with Russia. They’ll be joined on a video call by German chancellor Angela Merkel.

    There’s been growing alarm in recent weeks over Russia’s military buildup along its border with Ukraine. Moscow has also moved warships to the Black Sea to Ukraine’s south. And there’s been a spike in clashes in Ukraine’s Donbas region between the army and pro-Russian separatists.

    The talks in Paris are a show of support for Kyiv, which after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, now says it fears another invasion.

    Tensions on Europe’s far Eastern frontier broke open in March and April 2014. Following Russia’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula, pro-Russian separatists proclaimed a new republic in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, near the Russian border. The government launched a military operation. That began a grinding conflict that’s claimed at least 14-thousand lives so far.

    Month by month in 2014, the atrocities mounted. In May, clashes in the seaside city of Odessa left dozens of separatists dead. A months-long battle for Donetsk airport saw the facility reduced to rubble.

    Then in July pro-Russian forces shot down a Malaysian airliner over the conflict zone, killing all 298 people on board. An international investigation was hampered by evidence tampering, but concluded that a Russian-made anti-aircraft module had launched the fatal strike.

    In September NATO certified that Russian troops were coming over the border to help the separatist cause.

    Things took a turn in early 2015 – in February, Germany and France brokered a deal in Belarus, resulting in a shaky ceasefire. Though it was violated often, the cease-fire kept the conflict at a simmer for the following two years.

    In September 2019, a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine gave hope that further de-escalation was possible.

    But though the conflict disappeared from the headlines, it never really went away. In early 2021, clashes erupted again in the Donbass – and Russia again massed its own troops and hardware at the border. More trouble – in a region that hasn’t known peace in years.

    DW spoke with Ukraine Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko, who is Ukraine’s former deputy prime minister and former foreign minister.

    DW News YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: Belarus

    Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus and formerly known as Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.

    5 Recent Items: Belarus

  • Putin Warns Rivals of Retaliation for Crossing Russia’s ‘Red Line’
  • Putin Gives State-of-the-Nation Address Amid Navalny Protests in Russia
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping receives credentials of 29 ambassadors
  • In Belarus, protest movement struggles to regain momentum
  • Lavrov, Belarus FM Makey and CIS chairman Lebedev give press conference in Moscow
  • In This Story: Emmanuel Macron

    Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 14 May 2017. In the legislative elections a month later, Macron’s party, renamed “La République En Marche!” (LREM), secured a majority in the National Assembly. At the age of 39, Macron became the youngest president in French history.

    Books #Ad

    4 Recent Items: Emmanuel Macron

  • Jacinda Ardern opens Christchurch Call summit, targeting terrorist and extremist online content
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Colonial pipeline cyber attack, ANC South Africa
  • Is survival of France really at risk? | Inside Story
  • French MPs back Macron’s Covid ‘pass’ after changes
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

  • Israel pounds Gaza with new round of strikes as diplomatic stalemate persists
  • Israel launches deadliest attacks so far in Gaza as UN Security Council meets
  • MotoGP Highlights: France (2021) | The first wet race in years causes carnage in Le Mans!
  • Israel bombs Gaza apartment blocks +++ Hamas rockets rain on Israel | Israel Conflict Update
  • Israeli air strike on Gaza media tower: France warns against hasty judgement of Israel
  • Israel launches deadliest attacks so far in Gaza ahead of UN meeting
  • In This Story: Germany

    Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe. It lies between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south.

    Germany is a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor. With over 83 million inhabitants of its 16 constituent states, it is the second-most populous country in Europe after Russia, as well as the most populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city is Berlin, and its financial centre is Frankfurt; the largest urban area is the Ruhr.

    5 Recent Items: Germany

  • Israel bombs Gaza apartment blocks +++ Hamas rockets rain on Israel | Israel Conflict Update
  • Dayot Upamecano vs. Wout Weghorst – Bundesliga Battles
  • German priests bless same-sex unions
  • Palestinians mark Nakba day under Israeli fire | DW News
  • Israel masses troops on Gaza border as conflict escalates | DW News
  • Leave a Comment