After the Maidan rebellion of 2014, Ukraine is split in two parts: on one side, there is the Kiev Government and in eastern Ukraine, outside of its control, there are a number of pro-Russian breakaway regions. The main victims of this conflict are civilians: the thousands of people who witness the unfolding of the Ukrainian crisis without bearing direct responsibility. Even if many citizens did participate in spontaneous protests against the widespread corruption, by now they are the victims of circumstances larger than their collective involvement.
Some of these people have fled their homes to avoid the mounting violence of the war, others have decided to stay because they didn’t have any other alternatives. Others still have joined the army or the militias. Everything seems to be crumbling: from personal relationships to their belongings, and with them the economy of an entire nation.
Ukraine, a modern country, is now a war zone. The conflict amongst like peoples has transformed peaceful neighborhoods into refugee camps. The sight of hundreds of hands reaching out for food, dispensed by humanitarian organizations, has become commonplace.
The tragedy in Ukraine sounds a big alarm bell for everyone who believes in a prospect of wealth and brotherhood. The path to a peaceful future is exceedingly fragile.