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Russian Control of Ukraine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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A wounded Ukrainian soldier is treated in Avdiivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine escalated on Tuesday, killing at least eight people late Monday and early Tuesday, injuring dozens and briefly trapping more than 200 coal miners underground, the warring sides reported.(AP Photo/Inna Varenytsia)

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In this July 16, 2015 photo provided by Anastasia Vlasova, Anastasia Taylor-Lind writes a postcard as part of her "Welcome to Donetsk" postcard project in Kiev, Ukraine. In hopes of putting a human face on war, Taylor-Lind and Alisa Sopova have been mailing such cards from eastern Ukraine to random people around the globe, informing the recipients that someone they had never met died in armed conflict there. (Anastasia Vlasova via AP)

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In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo provided by Lucas Constanti, a postcard he received from Ukraine, which was sent as part of the "Welcome to Donetsk" postcard project, is displayed in Somerville, Mass. In hopes of putting a human face on war, Taylor-Lind and Alisa Sopova have been mailing such cards from eastern Ukraine to random people around the globe, informing the recipients that someone they had never met died in armed conflict there. (Lucas Constanti via AP)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, a former serviceman with both his legs amputated, walks, during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine.About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec.24, 2016, Lt. Volodymyr Kovalsky, 33, wearing leg prosthesis, competes in the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. Half a year after losing his legs in the war against separatists in Ukraine’s east, Lt. Volodymyr Kovalsky showed the strength of his body and spirit in a sports competition for disabled servicemen. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec.24, 2016, in Kiev, Ukraine, former servicemen perform strength exercises as judges watch, during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled soldiers at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, in Kiev, Ukraine, unidentified participants pictured first and second left, wearing paratroopers berets, attend an award-giving ceremony during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, a wheelchair participant performs power exercises as a judge watches, during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec.24, 2016, a servicemen Roman Lindov, 24, with his left wrist amputated takes part in the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena at the Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, in Kiev, Ukraine, Lt. Volodymyr Kovalsky, 33, wearing his legs prosthesis, lifts weight, during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. Half a year after losing his legs in the war against separatists in Ukraine’s east, Kovalsky showed the strength of his body and spirit in a sports competition for disabled servicemen. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, a participant lifts weight as a judge watches, during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, in Kiev, Ukraine, a girl congratulates a wheel-chaired former soldier in a sign of support, during the Games of Heroes CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In this photo taken Saturday Dec. 24, 2016, Ukraine's army captain Serhiy Romanovsky, 26, with his right leg prosthesis, takes part in the CrossFit competition for disabled servicemen at the Sport Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. About 50 wounded soldiers and veterans participated in Ukraine’s Game of Heroes, which included weightlifting, rope climbing and rowing machines. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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A client takes money from PrivatBank's cash machine as people enjoy in a city cafe in the centre Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Ukraine is nationalizing its largest bank PrivatBank following concerns over its stability. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Illustration on the NATO/Russia conflict behind Ukraine division by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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A playground is seen in the deserted town of Pripyat, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. A massive shelter has finally been installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world. The half-cylinder-shaped shelter began being moved toward the reactor on a system of hydraulic jacks two weeks ago and reached its destination Tuesday, a significant step toward liquidating the remains of the world's worst nuclear accident, 30 years ago in what is now Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, attend the talks at a summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.(Mikhail Klimentyev/Pool Photo via AP)

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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Firefighters were unable to save a house during shelling Monday night in Donetsk, Ukraine. The artillery exchange between government troops and Russia-backed rebels killed several people. (Associated Press)