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The Donbass (in Russian) or Donbas (in Ukrainian) is a historical, cultural, and economic region in eastern Ukraine and southwestern Russia.

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Did the OSCE logs show that Ukraine was amassing troops near the Donbass region prior to Russia moving in? [duplicate]

In a podcast with Lex Friedman, Oliver Stone mentions (at around 57:20 here) that the OSCE logged a buildup of 110,000 Ukranian troops on the border with Donbass prior to Russia sending it's troops to ...
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Do the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk consider themselves bound by the Geneva Conventions?

Have the authorities of the Russia-recognized republics of Donetsk and Luhansk commented on whether they consider themselves bound by the Geneva Conventions? They didn't sign any of those. Do they (...
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Is there any truth to Russia's claim at the United Nations that there have been food embargos against the Donbass by Ukraine?

For eight years, the people of the Donbas region have been subject to economic, transport and food embargos, the elderly and children were forced to hide from shelling and tens of thousands of ...
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Is there any evidence or report of a genocide in the Donbass region?

In his address before the "special military operation" in Ukraine began, Vladimir Putin stated that In this context, in accordance with Article 51 (Chapter VII) of the UN Charter, with ...
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Is there any proof that Ukraine was planning military deployment into the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass prior to 24 February 2022?

In an interview with CNN's Christine Amanpour (transcript), the Russian president's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has claimed that there have been "strong indications" that Ukraine had been ...
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On what grounds did Vladimir Putin invoke Article 51 of the UN Charter for self defence while going into Ukraine?

In his announcement (at 20:02) of the special military operations, Vladimir Putin invoked article 51 of the UN charter, justifying these operations as self-defence. However, since Russia was never ...
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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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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 determines whether Western countries (and NATO) recognize separatist movements? (especially when comparing Kosovo and the Donbass)

Consider the following scenario: there is a region in a country inhabited primarily by a different ethnic group than the majority of the rest of the country, and has been living there and composing ...
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Do the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have the right to declare independence from Ukraine under the Minsk Agreements?

Recently the DPR and the LPR declared their independence which Russia recognized. This declaration and subsequent recognition are not seen as legitimate by the international community. Is there a ...
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What does Russia gain by recognizing the separatist regions in the Donbas as sovereign?

If Putin's goal is to stop NATO expansion into Ukraine, then the recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions doesn't help much - they are too small to provide a meaningful buffer. Also, there is a ...
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Why did the LPR and DPR in Donbas not form one People's Republic?

Right now, in the Donbas region of Ukraine, there are two quasi-states — the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). They emerged due to the events of the War in ...
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Why does Putin want to attack Ukraine in the early 2022? [duplicate]

It seems to be accepted that Putin wants a war in Ukraine, and in absence of any other strong allied militaries around, the only way to get that is attack by Russia itself. The military conflict in ...
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Records of Putin calling Ukraine a 'failed state'? [closed]

Vladimir Putin personally considering Ukraine a 'failed state', or 'not really a country', is a commonly accepted fact in ukrainian media. However I don't have an exact quote, and I couldn't find any ...
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Why do Crimeans think so differently of Russia compared to the people of Donetsk/Luhansk?

Crimea overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in 2014, and even in retrospect, Crimean public opinion is strongly in favor of joining Russia (source, source). Comparatively, the rest of Ukraine - ...
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Has Ukraine implemented section 11 of the Minsk II agreement?

The Minsk II Agreement calls for (2) Pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creation of a security zone on minimum 50 kilometres (31 mi) apart for artillery ...
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Why can't Ukraine just surrender Donetsk and Luhansk?

Is the reason purely prestige and credibility of the government, or are there other significant economic or social issues which prevent the new Ukrainian government from thawing the crises it is still ...
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