Compared to the tumult of 2013-2015, 2016 was a year of seemingly relative quiet in Russia’s near abroad. There were no obvious invasions, the wars that had seemed to be ever-present remained that way, and change seemed to come to the periphery alone.
This is mistaken.
Ukraine’s ongoing war in the East continued to no real resolution, despite multiple attempts at something that could pass for a quiet end to the conflict. 2016 marked one of the most pronounced death-free stretches in the war — September 1 to September 9 — and the death rate slowed to a virtual trickle. The world …read more