By far the highest number of political violence and protest events in Europe have taken place in Ukraine, with over 17,500 total events. A vast majority of these events have taken place across two provinces in Ukraine’s easternmost region: Donetsk and Luhansk, referred to collectively as ‘Donbass.’ In this region, an ongoing war that began in 2014 between separatists rebels and the Ukranian government has raged. Over 500 explosions/remote violence events and battles have taken place in this region every month, and despite multiple ceasefire agreements, continual violations mean that the conflict is unlikely to end in the near-term. Beyond Donbass, anti-government protests and demonstrations led by nationalist right-wing political groups are also common throughout Ukraine.

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Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik is a Research Analyst at ACLED studying overarching trends of armed conflict across and within ACLED’s regions of study. She has degrees in Statistics and Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is currently studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focus include violent non-state actors and the intersection between the international political economy and political violence.
Lennart Landman
Lennart Landman
Lennart Landman is the Research Manager for Europe at ACLED, where he oversees the real-time coding, weekly analyses, and the expansion of coverage into new countries. He previously worked as a researcher on European security and defence issues for the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. He holds an MA in International Relations and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen.
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