“Ukrainian media is escalating hysteria about the Russian mythical threat, about plans of Moscow attacking Ukraine practically tomorrow.”
At the very heart of the conflict is Ukraine’s demographic makeup and geographical location.
As a former Soviet territory, Ukraine is divided into an eastern region, which has close historical and cultural ties to Russia, and the rest of the country which largely identifies as a sovereign Ukraine.
The east has been a hotbed for rebellion and pro-Russian sentiment, with rebels in the area allegedly receiving widespread support from Moscow – something which has played a key role in keeping the conflict thriving.
Since 2014 and the annexation of Crimea, about 13,000 people have lost their lives according to data from the United Nations, including ordinary civilians, Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops.