Questions tagged [armed-conflict]

Questions about a conflict or conflicts either inside a country (commonly known as civil war) or between 2 or more countries (more commonly known as war)

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Did the Minsk Agreements somehow give Russia the right to move troops into Ukraine?

There is a video circulating since (shortly?) before the Russian invasion of Ukraine (it was published at latest on Feb 15, 2022) in which someone (apparently an "Oleg Pakholkov" (Олег ...
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Would a (nuclear) strike that hits an NATO member state embassy/extraterritoriality in Ukraine be considered a (nuclear) strike against NATO?

The NATO website has an article about Collective defence - Article 5 which reads The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an ...
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How does UK MP Bob Seely's 2018 paper "Definition of Contemporary Russian Conflict" hold up in 2022 in Ukraine? (Seely's seven elements)

After seeing his discussion in the BBC's 2022-03-11 video Is Russia setting the stage to use chemical weapons in Ukraine? - BBC Newsnight (my transcription with help of closed captions): The trouble ...
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What will happen to the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine? [duplicate]

I am wondering what will happen to all the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine. As far as I understand it, the purpose of the sanctions against Russia, at this point in time, ...
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What is the purpose of the siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian invaders?

What are the geopolitical, military and humanitarian objectives that will be achieved following a successful siege of the civilian population of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian military ...
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Could humanitarian aid be provided in Mariupol through the air?

Judging from the news that I have access to, it appears as if the residents of Mariupol in the southeast of Ukraine - hundreds of thousands of people - were stuck in a city without fresh water, food, ...
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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

Among other things, Putin has called the Ukrainian leadership a “band of drug addicts” (source) shortly before invading Ukraine in 2022. This seems like a strange accusation. He could have simply ...
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Why would countries attack civilian facilities like hospitals during war?

Very recently, on 8th March 2022, Russia allegedly has bombed a Ukrainian children’s hospital in Mariupol, as reported by among others CNN and BBC. There have been similar incidents in the past: USA ...
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Can a jet fighter "wave a white flag"?

If a group of soldiers is outpowered in combat, they can wave a white flag to signal that they surrender, and by this attempt to save their lives. It is an agreed symbol that, as far as I know, is ...
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Why would the Russian army shoot fleeing civilians in Ukraine? [closed]

There have been several reports from Ukraine during the recent war, where a "humanitarian corridor" is supposedly set up so that civilians can leave their city under siege, but is not ...
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What is the meaning of the Z and V symbols being sported by the Russians in the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict?

There are these two symbols (Z & V) which are considered as Russian prowar symbols which are appearing on Russian Army vehicles and being worn by Russians supporting the war. There is some ...
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Why are Pakistani and Turkish students pretending to be Indians to flee Ukraine? [closed]

There are reports of Pakistani and Turkish students using the Indian Flag to flee out of the war in Ukraine. Why are they not able to use the flags of their native countries to flee of out of Ukraine?
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What is the basis for the Western leaders to believe that harsh economic sanctions will not lead to a nuclear war with Russia eventually?

It is clear at the moment that no Western countries will send troops to Ukraine or set up a non-fly zone in Ukraine because they worry that will lead to a WWIII. But Putin already said Western ...
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Would a potential Russian attack on Starlink satellite be considered an attack on NATO member?

Does NATO consider an attack on a satellite in space as similar to attacking the country in which the company is registered?
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Interdiction fire in urban areas: status under international law?

Somewhat related to my other recent question... there's footage of (almost certainly Russian) mortar interdiction fire landing on an empty intersection in Kharkiv (last week). The US army too used to ...
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According to the Geneva Convention, what must a nation do to Prisoners of War if it doesn't have enough food for them?

During wars food is often in short supply, for both civilians and military members. What does the Geneva Convention suggest countries should do if there aren't enough food supplies for Prisoners of ...
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Why are Nuclear weapons exceptionally feared? [closed]

It has been general cultural knowledge since the US developed and dropped nuclear weapons in Japan that nuclear weapons are different to others, and a war with two similarly armed nuclear arsenals ...
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What would it take to require Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine?

According to this about $1 trillion dollars of Russian assets have been frozen by the international community This money is currently 'frozen', not 'taken' i.e. there's an expectation that it will at ...
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Can the US send in troops to Ukraine by removing all markings [closed]

It seems like Russia sent troops to fight in Crimea without any markings. Why cannot the US send in a small force (for example just to take down Russian aircraft) without any markings? Also taking ...
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Does a policy of mutually assured destruction favor rogue states?

I wondered if a policy of mutually assured destruction favors rogue states. I think it is fair to assume that a rogue nuclear state would have less regard for its people and their life and wellbeing ...
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Apart from Serbia, have there been pro-Russia/pro-Putin demonstrations in other countries, since the war started?

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-60630351 Up to 4,000 people have taken part in a pro-Russia demonstration in the Serbian capital. Friday's march was a show of support for Moscow after its ...
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Why did Russia inform the IAEA about taking control of the territory around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station two days before attacking it?

On March 2: Russia has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its military forces have taken control of the territory around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), ...
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To what extent were civilians targeted in the conflict/war in Donbass in 2014-2022?

The conflict/war in the Donbass (the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine in which pro-Russian separatists have declared independence) has cost several thousands of civilian lives from ...
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Historical examples of sanctioning Oligarchs

Are there any modern historical examples that demonstrated the efficacy of sanctions (economic pressure) to halt a superior invading nation state?
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How does one oppose a dictatorship, with no resources? [closed]

Imagine the following situation: you live in a large country that has been ruled for a whole generation by a dictator. There is only a semblance of civil institutions, but in fact all courts follow ...
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Is the number of attacks on civilian freighters in the Black Sea unusual for a war (well, past WWII)?

It seems not a day goes by without a report of an attack on yet another freighter in the Black Sea. Today an Estonian freighter sank. Earlier in the conflict a Moldovan tanker with Russian crew was ...
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Have any high-level EU politicians said what the response would be if Russia damages an Ukrainian nuclear reactor, releasing a massive radiation wave?

The questions seem less than theoretical, with news reports of a fire at Ukrainian nuclear reactor (at Zaporizhzhia), which can't be extinguished due to fighting. (N.B. insofar the fire is localized ...
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Is it illegal for Russia to kill Ukrainian President Zelenskyy?

There are some actions in war that are designated as war crimes, such as targeting civilians, torture, and systematic sexual violence or enslavement. Some of these actions hinge on the definition of &...
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Could Russia have invaded only Donetsk and Luhansk?

Could Putin have conducted the war in such a way that he only invades the separatist-controlled areas of the Donbass instead of launching a full-scale attack on the whole of Ukraine, or would that ...
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What happens if a single NATO country like Poland decides to send troops to help Ukraine and gets attacked, would Article 5 still be invoked? [duplicate]

It's pretty clear that NATO does not want to get militarily involved in the war between Russia and Ukraine. However a NATO country like Poland or Romania could still decide to send in troops to defend ...
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Why would China not invade Taiwan given that the US did not send troops to Ukraine? What is different in these two geopolitical situations?

In February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine on account of "denazification and demilitarisation". In response to this, the United States and its allies did not send troops to fight in Ukraine (...
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Are there any official or stated end conditions for US/EU sanctions on Russia?

When the US or EU placed economic sanctions on Russia for their invasion of Ukraine, were there any official or stated ending conditions upon which sanctions would be lifted? Or are the sanctions ...
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What are Putin's escalation options / demands that don't involve using nukes? [closed]

Not sure if this is a legit question for SE, but here goes. Despite the loss of innocent lives & damage to infrastructure, Putin is not doing great in Ukraine. The sanctions mount as the Russian ...
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Instead of attacking the Russian convoy to Kyiv itself, would it be political advantageous to bombard the access road(s) to the Ukrainian capital? [closed]

AFAFP PHOTO / SATELLITE IMAGE Copyright 2022 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES An enormous Russian convoy, over 60 km long, has approached to 20 km distance north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Military experts are ...
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What are the actual implications of MAD? [closed]

Many people are against western intervention in Ukraine due to MAD (mutually assured destruction). But what does MAD actually mean? Is it just a war that would kill a lot of people? Or is it genuinely,...
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What makes the war in Ukraine exceptional?

I would like to state beforehand that the war Ukraine is tragic and I hope the conflict will end soon (preferably resolved via negotiations). However it is hard to ignore that it receives a lot more ...
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Could the new fighter jets offered to Ukraine by the EU be used to target Russia directly? [closed]

In light of the recent events (the Ukrainian parliament on Monday tweeted that Europe was sending 70 fighter planes to Ukraine) Would using the jets to target Russia directly (being more offensive ...
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What would Ukraine gain by joining the European Union rapidly?

President Zelensky of Ukraine urged the European Union today to grant his country immediate accession to the EU bloc. Would joining the EU bloc rapidly allow the European Union members to help more ...
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Has the Russian Federation received any meaningful help from China or North Korea other than political statements against US/NATO/EU?

Ukraine has been receiving at least some help from various countries. I have read about many countries are sending gear and weapons to Ukraine. Almost every country is supporting Ukraine morally. ...
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If Russia drops a nuclear bomb, is it realistically possible to prevent neutralize it without getting serious damage? [closed]

By "serious damage" I mean any kind of severe environmental damage and/or damage to the people health/life. I understand that there's a tiny probability for that to happen, but just in case, ...
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What does it mean for Russia to put its nuclear deterrence forces on ‘high alert’?

As can be read in various sources, for example The Guardian, Russia has put its ‘nuclear deterrence forces’ on high alert. What does that even mean? Isn’t the point of Mutually Assured Destruction (...
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Can Russia be cut off from the internet? [closed]

A great variety of sanctions have been discussed and implemented with more to follow. One sanction I have never heard being discussed, and that is cutting off Russia from the internet. Now I am aware ...
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Are thermobaric weapons considered a conventional weapon under international law?

See title question. As far as I can tell from my reading, a key mechanism of thermobaric lethality seems to involve its chemical compounds. For example: If the fuel deflagrates but does not detonate, ...
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Why is a country like Poland that is vehemently anti-refugee so accommodating to people of Ukraine?

The ruling Polish PiS party's single biggest sensationalized issue seems to be immigration and the anti-immigrant euro-skepticism. But Polish people now are very receptive of Ukrainian people. Is it ...
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Do NATO Collective Defense obligations cascade when a member goes to war due to other defensive treaties?

What would happen if a NATO member was compelled to go to war because of a separate defense pact they were a part of? As an example, Russia has threatened Sweden and Finland if they try to join NATO. ...
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What safeguards have allowed Russia to be immune to/undeterred by sanctions enacted thus far?

Or are they simply weighing costs and benefits and the cost of NATO being in Ukraine is worse than the cost of sanctions ? Also read an al jazeera article that high oil prices gives russia confidence ...
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How much military equipment has Ukraine received externally since the situation escalated in February?

I noticed that before the war broke out in Feb 24, there was military equipment sent to Ukraine from NATO countries, for example U.S. sent 80 tons of military equipment (part of an additional $200M &...
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Has any nuclear-protected country been under any significant attack by another country's military forces?

Countries can have nuclear weapons of their own (e.g. Russia, US) or be protected by them through alliances (e.g. Baltic states via NATO, Belarus via Collective Security Treaty Organization, Warsaw ...
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What is strategic about Chernobyl?

On the very first day (well, arguably) of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces took control of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and ghost city, as well as Pripyat. I fail to see how is ...
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Does the UK have the military capability to deny Russia air supremacy over Ukraine?

Some Tory backbenchers have called for British military intervention in the Russian invasian of Ukraine (source). The specific proposal seems to be to deny Russia air supremacy (which Russia claims1 ...
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