ON THE DONBAS FRONTLINE, UKRAINE—Looking out and down from the inside a Ukrainian Armed Forces Mil Mi-8 helicopter, I surveyed Ukraine as I have never done before—marvelling at that country’s measureless tracts of sunflowers and wheat fields nourished by the fertility of its Chernozem soil—understanding by seeing it from this height why this land, known from ancient Greek times as the “breadbasket of Europe,” has again and again been made a raven by the depredations of rapacious invaders. Since February 2014, the trespassers have been the Russians, whose army seized Crimea then attacked in eastern Ukraine, occupying much of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (provinces). To this day they despoil there and so threaten the peace of Europe.
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