Ukraine and Russia Conflict

Ukraine and Russia Conflict - How the Crises Developed

Sabahat Abid
17 November,2022


On February 23, 2022, Russia took complete control of Ukraine. Ukraine gained independence in 1991, prior to Russia's collapse.
 

  • Ukraine was a member of the Soviet Union until 1991, and since its separation, Russia has been working hard to draw the nation back into its orbit. 

  • Russia seized Crimea in 2014 and obtained the maritime edge as a result of the assault.

  • Ukraine has promised the US and the EU to maintain its borders and integrity.


Ukraine's Importance to Russia

  • Ukraine was the most powerful Soviet Union state.

  • For hundreds of years, they shared cultural and linguistic bonds.

  • Ukraine has an abundance of commercial enterprises, manufacturers, and defense industries.

  • Russia also has access to the Black Sea via Ukraine, which connects to the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Why is Russia so aggressive?

The following are the primary causes of Russian aggression.

Economic Elements:
Ukraine is a major commercial hub infrastructure of Russia as it is a member of the EAEC (Eurasian Economic Community), which signed a free trade agreement in 2015.  Ukraine was in the main position in the deal because to its superior industrial and agricultural industries, but he refused to be a part of it. Russia wants him to sign the deal in order to improve its economic development and stability.

Factors of Geopolitics and Strategy
Russia claims that NATO has a direct influence on its security and interests. The US-led NATO was entrusted with putting missile defense systems in eastern countries like Poland and the Czech Republic to counter Russia's intercontinental missiles. Ukraine's desire to join NATO after independence is unacceptable to Russia, and the US is attempting to assist Ukraine in joining NATO.


Russia's demands:

  • Russia demanded a stop to any NATO expansion, to include Ukraine and Georgia, which share borders with Russia. 

  • It has urged that NATO must reduce its military presence in its surrounding countries.

  •  Russia also asks that NATO stop its military cooperation with Ukraine or the so socialist republics.
     

FAQs

Ukraine and Russia: what is their relationship?

The Ukrainian people gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Russia is attempting to re-enter the Ukrainian orbit after its separation.
 

Why didn't Ukraine join NATO?

Although Ukraine has not been offered membership in NATO, it has gotten closer to the organisation since its inception in 1997. Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych withdrew plans for NATO membership, preferring to leave the country non-aligned.
 

Is Crimea a Russian territory?

The world believes Crimea to be a part of Ukraine. It has been experiencing geographical impotence in the Black Sea peninsula for years. Due to its insecurity and influence in the area, Russia invaded Crimea in 2014.

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