Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

Ukraine has been of­fi­cially call­ing the fight­ing against Rus­sian-sep­a­ratist forces in the Don­bas an “Anti-Ter­ror­ist Op­er­a­tion,” or ATO, for three years. Now, a new acro­nym is in the works. Deputy Min­is­ter for Tem­po­rar­ily Oc­cu­pied Ter­ri­to­ries and Dis­placed Peo­ple Yuri Grym­chak said that the draft law on rein­te­gra­tion of Rus­sian-oc­cu­pied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts sug­gests drop­ping ATO for “Op­er­a­tion to De­fend Ukraine,” or ODU. No mat­ter how much gov­ern­ment avoids the term, it’s still a war – Rus­sia’s war, killing 10,000 peo­ple since 2014.

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