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Why didn't Ukraine and NATO simply pretend to agree to Russia's demands? [closed]

Russia have invaded Ukraine to prevent their admission into NATO. Prior to the invasion, Russia made it clear that they wanted assurances that this would not happen. Why didn't NATO and Ukraine just ...
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What is the ROE for the Russian/Ukraine conflict?

I am at work, and as such, have no access to TV or other news sources, so if this is being discussed, I haven't yet heard. Do we know from decent sources what the Russian Rules of Engagement are for ...
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Why is Russia continuing to attack Ukraine even with a number of sanctions imposed?

Russia is essentially being blocked out of trade, and also, some western services (e.g., Apple) as a result of their war with Ukraine. The Russian currency is also collapsing quitea much. However, the ...
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Why is the Crimean peninsula so important for Russian trade?

One of the major reasons why Russia is stated to be so much in the need of controlling the Crimean peninsula, is that their economy is restricted due to having too few options for sea trade, having ...
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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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How would one go about getting the USA to brain drain Russia by giving out green cards?

It has been suggested that offering green cards to Russians with STEM degrees can be an effective sanction against Putin. What would the political process for that be? Which political body in the USA ...
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How is current Russian invasion of Ukraine different from what USA has done in past multiple times so that it has resulted in this much protest? [duplicate]

I see almost everyone protesting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It includes the USA too. But the USA has a history of invasions or wars which also resulted in civilians deaths and violated human ...
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Are there systemic impediments to popular opposition candidates winning presidential elections in Russia?

Are there systemic impediments to popular opposition candidates winning presidential elections in Russia? I'm not asking about pro-western candidates in particular.
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Which countries have openly supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

I know a number of (big) countries like China and India are "fence sitting" by neither condemning the attack nor endorsing. But besides Belarus, which I'm pretty sure endorsed with words too ...
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What would happen if Russia is convicted of war crimes?

Today President Zelensky has accused Russia of war crimes, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) - which examines war crimes - is looking to open an investigation. What would happen if ...
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How does China square its doctrine of "non-interference in internal affairs" with tacit support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine?

China has a long-standing policy of (at least publicly) not interfering in other countries internal affairs, and condemning any other country's 'interference' (read criticism) in its own 'internal' ...
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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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Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia, why?

In Europe, there are not many countries that have not sanctioned Russia for attacking Ukraine. Serbia is one of the few that has not so far done so. What reasons have the country's leadership given ...
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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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Why doesn't Russia object to Norway's NATO membership?

Why doesn't Russia object to Norway's NATO membership like it does to that of Finland, Ukraine, and Georgia? Is it because the border with Norway is much shorter and basically in the middle of nowhere ...
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What is the point of sanctions against Russia? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand what is the point of the penalties against Russia as a result of the war. For example, consider the collapse of Russian currency (as a result of sanctions), wouldn't this ...
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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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Why did Russia have their foreign currency reserves in overseas banks?

According to this BBC article, Russia anticipated that their invasion of Ukraine would lead to sanctions and one of their ways to sanction proof their economy was to build a large foreign currency ...
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How can parties negotiate the safety of the leaders during negotiations?

Currently Ukraine and Russia are in peace negotiations. Isn't there a grave danger for both leaders to be assassinated during these negotiations? What measures would each side take to ensure the ...
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How could the US know so much about Russian intentions and battle plans about the Ukrainian War? [closed]

Ukraine war of February 2022. With hindsight it seems that the Americans knew a lot about the Russian plans long before the war started. Sure, they saw them amassing the troops on the border, but it ...
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Can BP still sell its share in Rosneft?

Yesterday, BP announced they would be selling their $14 billion share in Rosnef. The London-headquartered oil firm announced on Sunday that it was offloading its 19.75% voting stake in Rosneft, ...
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Does the fact that Japan have decided to join the US and European countries in removing selected Russian banks from SWIFT have any practical effect?

I read on https://www.foxnews.com/world/japan-us-european-allies-blocking-russian-banks-swift (mirror): Japan has decided to join the United States and European allies in removing selected Russian ...
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At the beginning of the war in Ukraine, which U.S. forces were immediately ordered to pull back, and from where?

Politico's 02/27/2022 article Pentagon wants Moscow back channels to prevent nuclear escalation includes the following: When the Russian invasion began in earnest last week, U.S. forces in the region ...
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What would be the worldwide response if Russia launches a nuke into Ukraine? [closed]

As NATO would not be directly involved, Article 5 would not be invoked. However, I presume a nuclear launch at Ukraine by Russia wouldn't go without a response. What (if any) international agreements (...
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Why are countries sending financial and military aid to a Ukraine when it may be occupied? Isn't that just the same as giving aid to Russia? [closed]

Despite the propaganda that says that Ukranian heroes are bravely resisting and pushing back the Russian invaders, the truth is that the war has been on-going for a mere 4 days, and the Russians are ...
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Are there any checks and balances against nuclear escalation in Russia?

During the Trump years, there was conversation about nuclear command and control in the U.S. and the military's response to a rogue presidential nuclear strike order. Specifically, the question ...
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Has the Russian Federation received any help from China or North Korea other than words attacking the enemy?

Title : Has the Russian Federation received any help from China or North Korea other than words attacking the enemy? Definition : words : public statements or criticism enemy : mainly the USA, also ...
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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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Does Putin need the support of the Russian oligarchs in order to stay in power?

Does Putin need the support of the Russian oligarchs in order to stay in power? What power does the Russian oligarchs have over Putin? I heard a lot of the oligarchs have ties to Putin and a lot of ...
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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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What is the rationale for an EU country to be member of the Russia’s International Investment Bank?

This article argues that several EU countries are members of Russia’s International Investment Bank (my emphasis): At present, the IIB has nine members: Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, ...
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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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Why do negotiations have to be done at a capital city?

Putin proposes talks in Minsk. Zelenskyy is ready for talks with Russia in Baku, Warsaw, Budapest and Istanbul. I see only capitals here and wonder - does it have to be a capital of some country? Time ...
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What's the point of banning a few 'selected Russian banks' from SWIFT?

I read that several Russian banks got banned from SWIFT (mirror) following the ongoing 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. What's the point of banning a few selected Russian banks from SWIFT? I would ...
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Is Putin a valid military target in this war? What about Moscow based senior political and governmental figures with roles related to the war effort?

Putin apparently believes the head of state of Ukraine is a valid target, suitable to be dispatched by any means. Or at least that seems to be a reasonable interpretation of some reports. Doesn't ...
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Which European countries still allow Russian government bonds to be sold on their markets?

According to NBC, Russia is not able to sell government bonds in the US and some European countries, after invading Ukraine: Tuesday’s sanctions also barred the Russian Central Bank from financing in ...
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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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Was anything comparable to the current ban on Russian civilian aircraft in various Western countries ever imposed during the Cold War?

I'm curious if there is some historical precedent for this or if this a rather new level of friction that didn't even exist during the Cold War: Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia and Romania said on Saturday ...
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Russia is huge and well militarised. Why did it end up asking Kazakhstan for troops? [closed]

As reported today, Kazakhstan has denied a request by Russia for troops to join Russian forces in Ukraine. Setting aside all discussion of why Kazakhstan answered as it did, why on earth was Russia ...
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Why didn't Russia invade Ukraine during the Olympic games? [closed]

I am wondering why the timing is so strange, because Russia said it wouldn't invade Ukraine, and didn't do so until recently right after the Olympic Games ended. Is there a reason for this? Did they ...
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What would China gain by confronting Russia for what it's doing in Ukraine?

What would China gain by confronting Russia for what it's doing in Ukraine? https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/02/26/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/us-china-intelligence-russia-...
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Do export sanctions prevent web services or websites?

If the United States has economic sanctions against Russia, does this prevent American companies from serving websites to users in Russia? Will Google, Youtube, etc., have to be made inaccessible in ...
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Why is Russia not using nuclear weapons against Ukraine?

Russia is suffering from the cost of war in both blood, money, and resources. The sanctions hurts their economy and the international condemnation hurts their reputation and pride. All of this will ...
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Why has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

Why has India abstained on the UN Security Council resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine? EDIT: The Finantial Times published India sticks with Russia after Vladimir Putin’s invasion ...
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What measures short of war are still available to the West to pressure Russia?

The US and the EU have introduced numerous sanctions recently but its not very clear what options are still on the table, short of an actual invasion. One option that's commonly discussed in the media ...
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Did Russia violate international laws in Ukraine and if so, how?

There have been several claims since the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine the 24th of Feb that it violated international laws, and such claims have been made several times since the Crimea got ...
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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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What could Russia do against Finland and Sweden if they join NATO? [closed]

Russia threatens a strong response against Finland or Sweden if they apply to join NATO. What could Russia do against these countries? After all, they are already in EU and hence included in the EU ...
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What does it mean in practice that Putin and Lavrov will be personally on EU's sanctions list?

https://tass.com/politics/1411353 The European Union is going to include into the sanction list Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Annalena ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine use its control on Russian pipelines as negotiation leverage?

Ukraine could threaten both Russia and Europeans to blow up or simply shut down the pipelines passing on their territory if Russians get too aggressive and if Europeans do not convince Putin to calm ...
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