When it comes to the conflict in Europe, most people think of the Western Balkans or Northern Ireland, although at present the real war continues in Ukraine.

As a result of Western intervention, a civil war took place in Ukraine, which since then has been regarded by many as a mediation war between NATO and Russia.

Patrick Poppel of the Suvorov Institute in Vienna assesses the current situation as tense.

“I was in Donetsk and Lugansk, where there really is a war, a war in the center of Europe,” he says.

Even the OSCE recognizes that a ceasefire is not respected by the Ukrainian army.

According to Poppel, this is not a cold war and not a hot war. This is a “warm war”, which can flare up with renewed vigor at any second.