The Russo-Ukrainian War: Past and Present

This Info Pack seeks to examine the Russo-Ukrainian conflict with a particular focus on the historical background, main actors, prospective aims, and strategies.

Russia has justified its expansionist actions as being nothing more than the “denazification” and “demilitarization” of Ukraine. Russia has also claimed that it is acting in order to protect Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population, particularly in the Donbas. Ukraine strongly rejects these claims and considers the separatists as terrorists and has emphatically stated that it will stand firm regarding its territorial unity. The Russia-Ukraine war is a complex conflict whose origins cannot be reduced to a single factor. Understanding the historical background of the ongoing conflict may help us to ponder on the causal weight of each factor without having a partial or reductionist perspective.

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