Understanding Russia’s proxy war in eastern Ukraine

Canada should send more material and financial support.

Russian Presidential Press and Information Office Photo
Russian President Vladimir Putin. While NATO says Russia is sending supplies and personnel to help the rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russia denies sending support, saying the pro-Russian separatists have seized resources from the Ukrainians.
David J. Meadows
Published: Wednesday, 08/20/2014 12:00 am EDT

Since April, Russia has been waging a proxy war in eastern Ukraine, through its escalating support of pro-Russian separatists in the ersatz Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic. Although Moscow has repeatedly denied supporting the pro-Russian separatists, it is clear that these rebel militias are not some rag-tag grassroots self-defence organizations simply protecting the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine. They are actually well-trained, well-equipped and seasoned fighters.

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