Conflict Over Territory: Russia and Ukraine

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History of Ukraine:

  • Ukraine is a former soviet state that was under the communist rule of the USSR
  • After the USSR collapsed in 1991, many Eastern European countries wanted independence
  • Ukraine has since requested to become a member of NATO and the EU

Russian Response to Ukranian Requests:

  • In 2014 Russia took control of the Crimea, annexing it from Ukraine after claiming that it should be owned by the Russian state.
  • Some also believe that Russia took the Crimea because it offers the only non-frozen port on the Russian coastline which would allow it to trade or launch military vessels year-round.
  • These actions were met with…

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