KYIV, Ukraine—The war in Ukraine escalated this week to its most violent levels of the year with Russian artillery and rocket attacks targeting both Ukrainian military forces and civilian settlements along the front lines in eastern Ukraine’s embattled Donbas region.
“The Kremlin controls the violence in eastern Ukraine and could bring this violence to an end tomorrow if the Kremlin wanted to do that,” Heather Nauert, the U.S. State Department press secretary, said Tuesday in Washington.
After more than four years of constant combat and two failed cease-fires, the war in Ukraine is not over. Rather, Europe’s only ongoing land war has continued a cycle of waxing and waning violence since the now-defunct Minsk II cease-fire went into effect in February 2015.
However, the physical effects of the war extend on either side of the 450-kilometer-long front lines only as far as the range of the weapons used.
The number of foreign visitors to Kyiv increased by 25 percent in 2017. (Photos: Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)
In Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv—about 430 miles northwest of the front lines—you’d never know that there was a war going on in the same country.
Especially this week, with the 2018 UEFA Champions League final soccer game set to take place Saturday at Kyiv’s 70,000-seat Olimpiyskiy Stadium.
The Champions League final is one of Europe’s top annual sporting events. This year, the Real Madrid and Liverpool football clubs are playing, and Kyiv officials anticipated 50,000 visitors for the game.
(Europeans typically refer to soccer as “football.”)
“I knew about the war, but I thought it was far enough away that it wouldn’t be a problem,” said Dave Newsham, a 47-year-old from the United Kingdom, on Friday.
Newsham was visiting Ukraine for the first time to attend Saturday’s championship game.
“It’s a lot friendlier here than in Moscow,” Newsham said, comparing his first trip to …read more
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