In the wake of the far right–led and constitutionally dubious overthrow,
Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula[*see below] and supported a secession movement in the eastern Donbass region, prompting a repressive response from Ukraine’s new US-backed government. Eight years later, the civil war has killed more than 14,000. Of those deaths, 3,400 were civilian casualties, which were disproportionately in separatist-controlled territories, UN data shows. Opinions on remaining in Ukraine vary within the Donbass.
Crimeans Keep Saying No to Ukraine [Quotes Forbes]