Why the Situation in Eastern Ukraine Is Getting Worse

After months of sporadic discord, the fighting between Ukraine and Russia has reignited

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko speaks at the World Economic Forum.

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Suddenly, the situation in eastern Ukraine is looking scarier than ever. Fierce fighting has escalated around the city of Donetsk, whose airport now lies in ruins. Rather than skirmishing with separatist groups, Ukraine says its army is now engaged in direct combat with Russian troops, including some 2,000 Russian soldiers and 200 tanks and personnel carriers that have crossed the border in recent days.

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