According to the Australian institute's 2017 Global Peace Index report, Ukraine is number 19 in the top twenty countries hardest hit in terms of the 'economic cost of violence', a measure representing the direct and indirect costs of violence.
The institute estimates that Ukraine lost the equivalent of $66.749 billion (PPP), or 20.4% of its GDP, on the direct and indirect costs associated with violence in 2016. Other countries in the top twenty include Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
In the same report, Ukraine was ranked among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the number and intensity of ongoing civil and international wars. Ukraine took 12th in the world in terms of overall militarization, outranked only by other states facing ongoing civil conflicts, plus major regional and global powers including the UK, France, the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Russia.
Instead, Ukrainian officials have blamed Russia, which isn't even a party to Minsk (but only serves as one of its guarantors) of failing to fulfil its obligations under the agreements.
Since 2015, a shaky ceasefire has generally held in the war-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions, but both Kiev and local militia regularly accuse one another of violating the truce. Kiev in particular has been accused of deploying mercenaries and far-right wing paramilitaries under its command to the area. Russia has accused these and regular Ukrainian army troops of committing war crimes against the region's civilian population.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials continue waging a war of hostile rhetoric against the breakaway Donbass territories, and against Russia. Last week, National Security Council Secretary Oleksander Turchinov 'joked' that Kiev's war in Donbass would only end when the Ukrainian army reached Moscow. Before that, Rada lawmaker Dmitri Tymchuk said that Russia was afraid of a victorious advance by Ukrainian troops, boasting that the Ukrainian army could take all of Donetsk and Lugansk in five days.
The civil war in eastern Ukraine began in April 2014, when Kiev sent troops to quash protests that sprang up out of satisfaction to the new authorities in Kiev after the February 2014 Maidan coup d'état. The subsequent war in the Donbass has claimed the lives of over ten thousand people, with millions more internally and externally displaced.