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Questions relating to the government or the politics of Ukraine.

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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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Is it politically acceptable to incentivize soldiers of another country to desert?

If the USA (or another western country) wants to help Ukraine without sending troops, one thing it can do is to convince Russian soldiers in Ukraine to desert the Russian army, for example, by ...
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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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Is it first time in history that ongoing war was halted for few hours to evacuate people?

I am referring to Indian Prime Minister Modi second phone call to Putin during Russo-Ukraine conflicts, to get help to evacuate stranded Indian Students in Ukraine. So Putin halted his war for 6 hours....
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Why don't Donetsk and Luhansk unite? [duplicate]

Considering they are both populated by ethnic Russians and have a common enemy, why don't Donetsk and Luhansk unite in a single political entity (state)? What are the distinctions between their ...
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What reasoning did Eritrea provide for its vote on the UN resolution against the war in Ukraine?

In the recent UN General Assembly resolution denouncing Russia's actions in Ukraine, only four countries were opposed, besides Russia itself. We have Belarus, a close ally of Russia that is involved ...
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Concretely speaking, what is at stake for Ukranians during the current Ukraine-Russia conflict?

Apologies for the controversial question, but this is something I'm curious about. Historically, and particularly in recent history, invasions of one country into another are generally justified as &...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

As the title asks, isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation in the war? Perhaps, due to this not being a 'declared war' or an 'invasion' (from the Russian pov), so sending weapons to Ukraine isn'...
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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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Why has voter turnout been declining in Ukraine?

Since the 1994 Ukrainian parliamentary election voter turnouts have been declining. 1994 75.81%, 1998 70.78%, 2002 69.27%, 2006 67.55%, 2007 62.03%, 2012 57.43%, 2014 51.91% and the 2019 Ukrainian ...
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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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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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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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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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Is the Red Cross involved yet in checking up on prisoners of war in Ukraine?

Is the Red Cross involved yet in checking up on prisoners of war in Ukraine? I don't see it mentioned here or here.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How long did it take Warsaw pact countries until their NATO memberships were ratified?

The current NATO members entered the coalition in waves: 1949: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, The United Kingdom, The United States 1952: ...
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What, if any, reasons prevented Ukraine from joining NATO?

Given the annexation of Crimea in 2014: one could argue that Ukrainian officials considered joining NATO between 2015 and 2021. What if any obstacles did Ukraine face to joining NATO during 2015-...
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Why would the international sanctions against Russia after invading Ukraine in 2022 work while sanctions after the 2014 Crimea crisis didn't work?

Many international sanctions have been announced against Russia after invading Ukraine in Feb. 2022. Why would these sanctions work, while the sanctions against Russia after the Crimea crisis in 2014 ...
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Agreement for de-militarization of Ukraine, good or bad?

Sure this won't be popular, but it's reality: Quote: Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his preparedness to engage in discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart, with a focus on obtaining ...
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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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Was it advantageous for Russia to invade while holding the presidency of UN Security Council?

The Russian Federation is the current president of the UN Security Council. During the emergency UN security meeting, Ukraine asked that Russia give up their title in light of the recent attack. Did ...
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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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