The aggression that Russia unleashed against Ukraine in is now well into its fifth year. Unfortunately, Moscow has shown no readiness to end the conflict it keeps simmering in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, let alone address the status of Crimea. Hopes of a year ago that a U. It appears the Kremlin will wait another year, until after the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine, to reconsider its policy.
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Russia vs. Ukraine: More of the same?
Until Russia's invasion of Ukraine in , the two countries maintained relations that at times were testy, but manageable. That changed in , when the Kremlin used military force to seize Crimea and then supported armed separatism in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. The end of the Soviet Union in left newly independent Ukraine with a number of difficult issues with Russia: 1 the fate of the Soviet nuclear weapons systems in Ukraine, 2 division of the Black Sea Fleet, 3 resolution of energy and other debts, and 4 Crimea, which had been transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in With U. Kyiv and Moscow separately struck an arrangement on dividing the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, and Ukraine agreed to allow Russia to use ports and other facilities in Crimea for its warships, an agreement that was later extended to
Jump to navigation. The Ukrainian presidential election is only weeks away, and its outcome is highly uncertain. President Petro Poroshenko is lagging in the polls behind Volodymyr Zelensky, a television actor whose only political experience consists of playing the president of Ukraine in a sitcom.
They are made to do everything necessary and possible to prevent acts of provocation," Zakharova said in Moscow on December 26, explaining why the Russian MFA constantly "warns" about alleged preparations by Ukraine for the extension of martial law, but such statements have never become reality, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. All of this is aimed at prevention of such provocation in practice rather than at aggressive rhetoric. More specifically, it was aimed at disrupting that provocation," she added. The unprecedented patience and truly friendly attitude of Russia demonstrated in relation to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people is also not unlimited," the official said.