"The war in the Donbas has become the forgotten war," Whitmore states.
"It hasn't become a frozen conflict, like in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as many had predicted.
"Instead, it's a simmering conflict that has slipped below the world's radar.
"It's a festering sore on the Ukrainian body politic, one that is sapping the country's energy, wearing down its resolve, and killing its citizens.
"And in this sense, the forgotten war in the Donbas is serving the purpose that Russia intended it to serve," the reporter concludes.