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Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential republic located in Eastern Europe, bordering Russia.

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Why is Russia deploying soldiers near the border with Ukraine instead of in Siberia?

In recent news, Russia has been deploying its military near Ukraine in an effort to deter Ukraine from joining NATO. Russia has sent its requests to NATO and Russian president Putin has met American ...
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Peaceful Futures for Russia and Ukraine

If the population within a region of Ukraine wanted to become a part of Russia (suppose a fair vote was 75% in favor), is there a peaceful legal/government procedure in Ukraine to make this happen? ...
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Has any Western leader articulated how NATO would benefit from admitting Ukraine?

NATO sees itself as a defensive alliance, so its members are expected to benefit from banding together and deterring attacks. No doubt Ukraine would greatly benefit from membership in its recurring ...
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What does Russian government have to gain from the current build up and threatening possible invasion of Ukraine?

I tried to find a clear answer from the media (too many examples to list here, search for Russia-Ukraine conflict in the news), but could not quickly find good, comprehensive answer with non-...
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How close is supposed "Russian build-up" to Ukrainian border?

Politico published and many other mass-media reposted an article Satellite images show new Russian military buildup near Ukraine. It is illustrated with two satellite photos of Yelnya and also ...
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What obligations does Russia have towards the cleanup /maintenance of Chernobyl?

As a successor state of the USSR, what legal responsibilities does the Russian Federation have towards aiding the cleanup of Chernobyl and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone(such as rehabilitation, building ...
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What would NATO's obligations have been if HMS Defender had been attacked near Crimea?

The United Kingdom is a member of NATO. Does Article 5 bind the allies to defend a member that is in another country's soil, waters or airspace? Suppose that the HMS Defender had been damaged or even ...
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Any concrete information about Ukrainian reforms, necessary for NATO?

There was a NATO summit some days ago, in Brussels. It confirmed a decision towards Ukraine being a NATO member. Article 69 of the joint Communiqué defines specific steps Ukraine has to take in order ...
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What is the significance of Ukrainian and Belarusian flags on anti-Zeman protest rally in Prague?

On 30 April 2021, thousands of Czechs have rallied in Prague against President Milos Zeman, calling for his removal from office and condemning what opponents say are his pro-Russia views. Photo by ...
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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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A question on Motor Sich of Ukraine

Ukrainian Court Seizes Aerospace Company Motor Sich From Chinese Investors Ukraine may sell 50% stake in Motor Sich to Turkish firm I have two questions in this regard: Is the decision of ...
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What is going on with the constitutional court in Ukraine?

Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine) proposing to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. It's a bit of ...
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Why did China actively help Tymoshenko with her disease of COVID-19?

According to the report of CGTN, Tymoshenko's well again from COVID-19, mainly because some tranditional Chinese medicine(TCM). Chinese embassy gave it to her and most likely it's proactive. After ...
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Has Ukraine's dismantlement of ICBMs had any impact on its sovereignty?

In 1994, Ukraine dismantled its nuclear arsenal and ICBMs. According to present-day Ukraine, was it a mistake? What do Ukrainian political leaders and scholars/intellectuals say about this? What do ...
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Can I confirm my identity at the polling station without taking off the mask?

My country has an upcoming elections soon. On the polling station I will need to confirm my identity with photo ID; this implies taking off the mask in a crowded place. I take social-distancing ...
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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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Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Ukraine was part of the USSR and made themselves independent. Vladimir Putin called the separation of the USSR a "major geopolitical disaster of the century". I am aware of the Russian ...
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Why haven't Ukraine and Russia declared war? [duplicate]

Ukraine and Russia have technically been at war since 2014 but neither has declared war publicly. What's the reason not to declare war if it even mentioned in the Wikipedia?
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Those 'tapes' from Biden-Poroshenko calls - what's going on? [closed]

Recently, there's news about recordings of Biden-Poroshenko calls, revealed by some Ukrainian MP. I've heard that Trump's attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was also involved in that. The contents of ...
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What is the difference between the terms 'government' and 'cabinet'?

Does this sentence make sense? 'Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said a day earlier that the opposition might sit down with the government for talks if Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's Cabinet is dismissed.' (...
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Do voters get to elect their governors and mayors in unitary states?

I've read the introduction to the Wiki page, but I still don't get it: is there such a thing as regional elections in unitary states, for example Ukraine? President Zelensky appointed one governor, ...
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Why did the new Ukrainian government fire Ruslan Riaboshapka?

Recently, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka was sacked by the Ukrainian parliament in a no-confidence vote. By domestic anti-corruption activists (link) as well as international ...
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How does a "delivery of military aid" play out in practice?

I am referring to the episode regarding the Ukraine conflict, where there was security assistance supposed to be paid by the United States to Ukraine. How does this "release of aid" actually play out?...
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Are there any examples of official Nazi glorification in the Ukraine?

Recently, the Israeli Foreign Ministery deployed protests against Ukraine's glorification of Nazis. Ukrainian officials responded that this is the inner dealings of the Ukraine. An official protest is ...
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Why did Iran recognize it's at fault on the Ukrainian plane? [closed]

Now there is a furor inside and outside of Iran. And some people now want their leader to step down. They could deny it forever. Now they having such backlash. Did they make it to put fault on US (...
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Did Putin admit to giving the order to send the "little green men" into Crimea in an interview?

In this video journalist Julia Ioffe said that in a "state-sponsored documentary" that aired on "Channel 1", supposedly "the main Kremlin TV channel", Russian president Putin said that he gave the ...
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How might the impeachment process affect the US-Ukraine relationship and the US support of Ukraine in the war? [closed]

I am thinking about three possible outcomes of the impeachment process in the short term: Nothing happens eventually Trump is removed but Republicans keep the presidency Trump is removed and ...
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Why was VP Biden not required to obtain a waiver to continue his influence over Ukrainian government policy? [closed]

In cfr §2635.502, paragraph (a) states: (a) Consideration of appearances by the employee. Where an employee knows that a particular matter involving specific parties is likely to have a direct ...
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Why is Hunter Biden’s position in Burisma not considered a problem?

While I believe the current admin’s attempt to initiate an investigation into the Bidens’ Ukraine dealings was nothing but a political maneuver, what I’m more interested in is why most don’t consider ...
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Did the US embassy in Kyiv resist hanging Trump's picture while Yovanovitch was ambassador?

Trump charges that was the case. As the BBC reported yesterday: President Donald Trump has pilloried an envoy who testified in the impeachment inquiry, claiming she refused to hang his photo in the ...
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the DOJ to justify not investigating Trump over Ukraine?

In June 2016, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, Congressional Republicans criticized ...
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Did the Obama administration make any statements on lethal aid for Ukraine?

In today's impeachment hearing, Republicans mentioned a number of times that the Obama administration did not provide lethal aid to Ukraine, even though officials (at least today's witness Ambassador ...
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How is the April Trump-Zelenskiy call related to the July call?

Today before the hearing (and read out loud by Nunes during the hearing), the Trump administration released notes about an April call between Trump and Zelenskiy The April call is pretty mundane and ...
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Why was ambassador Sondland involved in Ukraine?

Ambassador Sondland is ambassador to the EU. So why was he involved in Ukraine, a country that is not even in the EU? I understand that Ukraine is considering joining the EU but why was he so heavily ...
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Why has no one requested the tape of the Trump/Ukraine call?

Given that the transcript released is not word for word and that it contains a disclaimer explaining it's not a 'verbatim transcript', why has no one, whether Democrats seeking to impeach, or ...
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Is the Ukraine Transcript word for word? [duplicate]

When I google "Ukraine transcript" first result that shows up is a PDF hosted on whitehouse.gov. Is this transcript a word-for-word replication of the phone call that took place between President ...
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Has the State Department IG released any info about Giuliani’s anti-Yovanovich campaign?

A month ago, Steve Linick, Inspector General (IG) for the US Department of State, briefed eight Congressional Committees behind closed doors concerning a campaign by President Trump’s lawyer Rudy ...
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Which act of Congress authorized the Ukrainian aid which was allegedly withheld?

According to multiple media sources, U.S. aid to Ukraine was authorized by Congress. I am having difficulty identifying precisely which act would have authorized the specific aid which the Trump ...
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Has Vindman commented on his conversations with Ukrainian officials?

On Monday, the New York Times published a story about the fact that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert serving on the National Security Council, was going to testify in the House’s ...
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Is there a Ukrainian transcript of Trump's controversial July 25 call to President Zelensky?

Trump released a memorandum of his controversial July 25 call to President Zelensky (see e.g. CNN, Fox News). There's some debate as to its accuracy (e.g. Missing words and a screaming match: Inside ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

People are up in arms about allegations that President Trump's pressured Ukraine to reopening an investigation into Joe Biden. My question is, why are the mainstream media and the people leading ...
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How unusual is Rudy Giuliani's involvement in government?

Recently Rudy Giuliani's name has been all over the news, and my understanding is that he has been deeply involved in negotiating US foreign policy in Ukraine. From Wikipedia's article on the Trump–...
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Are there ANY examples of corruption in Ukraine where the USA has an actual stake?

Assuming that the USA does not want to take on the role of being the world's policeman for any corruption where ever it might occur, The US might legitimately be concerned about corruption (occurring ...
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Why are the Ukraine related congressional hearings behind closed doors?

A series of high profile witnesses have recently testified in US congressional hearings about Ukraine, particularly including Marie Yovanovitch (Oct. 11, 2019) and Gordon Sondland (Oct. 17, 2019). As ...
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What are the political or business connections of Parnas and Fruman in the former USSR countries?

From breaking news in the Guardian: Two associates of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have been charged with election finance violations for channeling foreign money into the president’...
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Has Ukraine responded in any way to the 2018 letter sent by three Democratic senators?

Trump has raised the issue of a 2018 letter to Ukraine, sent by three US senators (all Democrats) . As CNN summarized this letter: it expressed concern about a New York Times article that said ...
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What has the State Department said about Giuliani's claim that the Department asked him to talk to Ukraine?

Unless he backtracked on this, Giuliani said (on or before Sep 25) that: "I never talked to a Ukrainian official until the State Department called and asked me to do it," Giuliani told Fox ...
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Has the recall of the US ambassador to Ukraine been tied with the efforts to have the Bidens investigated by Ukraine?

I've read that in the Zelensky-Trump phone call: Zelensky said he agreed with Trump "100 per cent" that the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was "a bad ambassador." And as ...
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What is the reference/context of the statement in the whatsapp presentation? [closed]

In a recent whatsapp presentation from Volodymyr Zelensky at the 16th annual Yalta European Strategy which was a hilarious take on global state of affairs. The one which i wanted to understand is at ...
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Has President Trump stated why he sought Ukraine's cooperation on the Biden matter?

Has Trump given an explanation (himself or through a spokesperson) for asking Ukraine to cooperate with finding things about Biden's son? Given that the transcript of the phone call to the President ...