The Russo-Ukrainian War is a conflict between Russia and Ukraine that began in February 2014. The main focus of the war has been the status of Crimea and other parts of Donbas. The conflict has been a source of tension for both sides, with Ukraine internationally recognizing the Crimean peninsula as its own. But the dispute is not over the fate of the peninsula. The two sides continue to face hostility on both sides of the border.
Although the current border between Ukraine and Russia is relatively new, its historical ties to Russia go back centuries. The distinction between Ukraine and Russian history is even more blurred than that between Germany and France. In the early 1700s, the Russian leader Catherine the Great began the process of “Russifying” Ukraine. This included shipping in ethnic Russians, requiring schoolchildren to learn Russian, and stationing lots of Russian troops in the country.
The historical ties between Ukraine and Russia are much older than the present-day borders. This means that the distinction between the two countries is not so clear as it is between Russia and France. In the late 1700s, the Russian leader Catherine the Great began the process of “Russification” of the country. This involved shipping in ethnic Russians and forcing schools to teach Russian. This process continued until the 1950s and stationed large numbers of Russian troops throughout Ukraine.
Ukraine's boundaries with Russia are new, but its relationship with the latter is centuries old. Unlike the border between Germany and France, the distinction between Russia and Ukraine has become fuzzier than between France and Germany. In the 1700s, Russian leader Catherine the Great began a process of “Russification” of the country. This process involved the shipping of ethnic Russians and forcing schools to teach Russian. The process continued until the 1950s when the Soviet Union began stationing Russian troops throughout the country.
Ukraine's national identity crisis has never been resolved, and Ukraine is split into two parts, a pro-Russian eastern region, and a pro-European western area. The current Ukrainian crisis is a result of this internal and external identity dispute. Despite numerous international organizations, some Russians believe the country is a part of their country. Its territorial integrity is the most important issue for Russia, and it must be protected.
It's not clear if Ukraine's borders with Russia are real. The Ukrainian government's de facto borders include Crimea. This territory was annexed by Russia in 2014, and the two countries still claim it as their own. It is not yet known whether the region is part of Russia, but the international community has backed the Ukrainian claim. Regardless of the borderline between the two countries, the state is divided along the lines of history and culture.
Russia's foreign policy is largely dependent on Ukraine's relationship with Europe. Currently, the two countries are neutral in their borderlands, but there are several key differences. For example, in the European Union, the Ukrainians are not subject to sanctions from the other party, and the Russians' economic policies are similar. The Europeans also do not see the conflict as a threat to Russia. So, they don't feel that the Ukrainians are free to decide on their own future.
While many people in western Ukraine view Russia with suspicion and see themselves as European, the eastern half of the country is more pro-Russian and sees itself as a ‘New' Russia, and they still support Yanukovych. The opposition has a strong interest in ensuring that western-based citizens are happy with the country's political system. It is crucial to ensure political and social stability in the region.
The Ukrainian government has been trying to regain its independence since the early 1990s, but the Ukrainians have not been able to do so unless the Russians force them to. Historically, they were independent before the Soviets took control. However, Russia's foreign policy was uncooperative, and the Ukrainians were not always free to speak their minds. The authorities of the two countries failed to take action to save the country from the revolution, and they did.