A conflict brought home to the world

The downing of a civilian aircraft over Ukraine has highlighted the increasing bitterness between the opposing Russian and Ukrainian side.

20th July, 2014

The demise of Malaysian Airlines MH17 has the potential to change the entire complexion of the crisis in Ukraine. So far the conflict has gone through three stages. Firstly there was the genuine popular protest against president Viktor Yanukovich on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev which led to the bloody events in the Ukrainian capital.

Then Russia entered the scene overtly and annexed the Crimean peninsula in a move which resulted in relatively few casualties. This...

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