What Russia's been doing in Ukraine since you stopped paying attention

Once Russia began its military campaign in Syria, the world largely stopped paying attention to Ukraine. It shouldn't have.

Anti-government protesters walk amid debris and flames near the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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It didn't take long for western media to lose focus. After Russia began its military campaign to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the world largely stopped paying attention to Ukraine. It shouldn't have.

Over the last few months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been busy trying to deepen the quagmire he created in Eastern Europe. A United Nations' report released in November detailed the degree to which his proxy war in Ukraine has turned the country into Russia's killing field. More than 9,000 people have died since the spring of 2014 after Russia-backed rebels began fighting Kiev for independence, with some 20,000 people wounded. Between Aug. 16 and Nov. 15 alone, 47 civilians were killed and 131 were injured. At 9,000, the death toll in Ukraine is approaching the 13,000 killed during the war in Kosovo.

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