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Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Reasons and Challenges
Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Reasons and Challenges

Author(s): Olga Brusylovska
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Politics and society, Russian Aggression against Ukraine
Published by: PIC Promotion of the Intercultural Cooperation
Keywords: war; Ukraine; Russia; invasion;

Summary/Abstract: Both the political elites and society at large in Russia are obsessed with Ukraine because of, firstly, Russia’s perennial quest for a strong state; secondly, the struggle of the Kremlin with the colour revolutions; thirdly, the perception of Ukraine as a mirror image of Russia; fourthly, “East Slavic” ideology; finally, Putin’s belief that Ukraine is “an artificial country”. In the 2022 war, Putin wants to make progress towards all these aims through toppling the pro-Western government of Ukraine, making the country a vassal state like Belarus, and signalling that further expansion of NATO to the east will not be tolerated. The status of a buffer state for Ukraine would become a factor that affirms the tumultuous situation not only in Ukraine but in the whole region.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 01 (27)
  • Page Range: 18-25
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English