Bringing peace to Ukraine

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How can peace be established in Ukraine’s wartorn Donbas region? We’re searching for the answer here. The two major initiatives called to bring peace to Ukraine at the moment are the Minsk Agreements and a proposal of introducing UN peacekeepers in Donbas:

Everything you wanted to know about the Minsk peace deal, but were afraid to ask

Back in fall 2014, the Minsk agreements were supposed to bring peace to Ukraine. So why is the war in Donbas going on for nearly four years, with short truces and further escalations instead of peace? We tried to find out in this short FAQ.

Read our Minsk FAQ

Will a UN peacekeeping operation finally unfold in the occupied Donbas?

Since February 2015, Ukraine has been voicing the idea of a UN peacekeeping operation in the occupied Donbas region. Russia rejected the very idea of a mission until 2017. No mission has been approved since then, the negotiations continue. Read our short FAQ.

Read our FAQ on peacekeeping in the Donbas

More on the war and peace in the Donbas:

The price of Russia’s war is too heavy for Ukraine to lift alone – report
Truth Justice, Reconciliation Commission: Russia/Ukraine/EU. 36 proposals for peace between Ukraine & Russia
Donetsk-born teenager recalls years of her living in occupied city
Ukrainian parliament extends law on special status for Donbas for another year
Ukrainian and Russian positions at Normandy Four talks in Paris
“Ukrainian Doctrine of Security and Peace” proposed as alternative plan to Minsk protocol
Troop disengagements with Russia work only after capitulation to Russia: lessons from Georgia and Moldova
Zelenskyy plans total troop withdrawal in Donbas while Russia gives no guarantees
Zelenskyi team proposes referendum on peace deal with Russia. Here’s why that’s a problem
Why Europe’s security depends on a strong response to Russia, immediately
Traps of the Transnistrian conflict
A month of freedom: released hostages tell about captivity and torture in occupied Donbas
PACE urges Russia end support to illegal armed groups in Donbas, cease repressions in Crimea
No longer ATO, not yet a war. Ukraine adopts controversial “Donbas reintegration” bill
Chaplain Mykola: For patriotic priests, the “front line” represents all of Ukraine!
Donbas Buddhist monks settle in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains after fleeing war
What do teens in occupied Donetsk want in life?
“My spirit is not broken”: one Ukrainian soldier’s harrowing account of surviving in captivity
Torture and humiliation: freed Ukrainians talk about Donbas captivity
Largest prisoner swap in Donbas: 73 Ukrainians released from captivity of Russian-run “republics”
What Ukraine can take from the “Croatian Scenario” of conflict resolution
Another ceasefire begins in Donbas after pullout of Russian observers followed by escalation
UGCC Major Archbishop Svyatoslav: “The war will stop when we stop pretending there’s no war!”
Children of war: 17-year-old Misha and Artur talk about their fathers, childhood and war
Ukraine may swap its 74 hostages in occupied Donbas before New Year
Portnikov: Putin has four Donbas scenarios and will choose worst one for Ukraine
Russian proxy republic leader in Donbas threatens to attack UN peacekeeper mission
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