Headline RoundupApril 20th, 2022

Could the Battle for the Donbas Change the Russia-Ukraine Conflict?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

This week, Russia's war on Ukraine entered a new phase as the invasion starts to focus on eastern Ukraine, including the Donbas region. 

Russia hopes to gain control of the Donbas, which includes the two "breakaway republics" of Luhansk and Donetsk, and annex it as part of Russia.  Analysts from across the spectrum say the offensive could prove to be significant and decisive in the war, and could change how Ukraine's territorial boundaries look going forward.

Ukrainians in Donbas have already been impacted by eight years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists, and are preparing for an intense assault as Russian military convoys move toward the region with the aid of 20,000 mercanaries from Libya, Syria, and elsewhere. Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces have shifted focus to the east after suffering significant losses in Kyiv and other parts of northern and central Ukraine.

The conflict's shift to eastern Ukraine has been covered by all sides of the media.

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