Ukraine Analytica 1(27)

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE: REASONS AND CHALLENGES

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.


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Olga Brusylovska, Professor, Chair of the Department of International Relations at Odesa Mechnikov National University. Author of more than 100 academic articles. Academic Editor of the journal “International and Political Studies”.


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