Russian-Ukrainian war (since 2014)

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January 22, 2022

The Russian-Ukrainian war, as well as the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, is the direct and indirect use of force by the Russian Federation against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The overt components of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, which began in 2014, are: Capture of Crimea by Russia in February-March 2014 (with the subsequent beginning of the temporary occupation of the peninsula by Russia on February 20, 2014) The war in eastern Ukraine (Donbass) in April 2014, which began with the creation of "so-called" Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" under the guise of "people's" protests by Russian special services As of January 2021, according to the UN, the total number of casualties is 13100-13300 people. That number includes 3,375 civilian casualties, some 4,150 Ukrainian servicemen, and about 5,700 pro-Russian militants. Almost 1.8 million people have become IDPs. [⇨] Russia has occupied more than 7% of Ukraine's territory. [] On January 27, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the Russian Federation as an aggressor. []

Prerequisites for the emergence of confrontation

Global preconditions and reasons for confrontation

The main preconditions for the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, which in general turned into Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, are the systemic crisis of Russian statehood, which is transformed by Russian politicians in an attempt to regain and expand control over part of the world and retain world hegemony and economic decline.

Revolution of Dignity

Anti-government protests began in Ukraine on November 21, 2013 in response to the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to suspend the preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. As part of the protests at the end of 2013, there were, in particular, rallies, demonstrations, student strikes. In general, these protests were aimed at maintaining the legally established geopolitical course of Ukraine towards Europe, which meant for Russia not only the further withdrawal of Ukraine from Russian control, but also Ukraine's economic, political, and

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