They’re Still Dying In The Donbas
June 21, 2016
So here’s a little statistic to consider as the European Union considers whether to extend sanctions against Russia.
Since the beginning of this year, Ukraine has suffered 623 combat deaths in Donbas.
What that means is that between three and four Ukrainian soldiers are dying every single day at the hand of Moscow and its proxies in eastern Ukraine.
What this means is that dozens are dying every week. Scores are dying every month.
And the only reason they are dying is because of decisions made in Moscow.
The only reason they are dying is because Vladimir Putin’s regime has made a conscious decision not to honor the cease-fire it agreed to in Minsk.
The only reason they are dying is because Putin’s Kremlin flat out refuses to leave Ukraine in peace.
In fact, in one 24-hour period this week, pro-Moscow separatists attacked Ukrainian positions no less than 31 times with mortars, tank shells, and rocket-propelled grenades.
It’s, of course, pretty easy to miss all this.
The war in the Donbas continues, but it has fallen off the world’s front pages.
It is not being covered with the same intensity.
For much of the world, Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine is now out of sight and out of mind.
And the calls to get back to business as usual are growing.
Which is exactly what Moscow is counting on as the European Union considers whether to extend sanctions.