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Questions relating to the government or the politics of Ukraine.

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Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine problem' by invasion?

As far as I knew, Russia invaded Ukraine because Ukraine wanted to join the West. Why was Ukraine joining NATO a problem? Because Russia wanted to maintain a buffer zone between NATO and its border (...
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Why did Ukraine give up nuclear weapons through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances?

Through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons between 1994 and 1996. According to the same source: Before that, Ukraine had the ...
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Why don't Russia and Ukraine enter an official state of war?

Since 2014, it's clear that Russian troops have invaded Ukrainian territory. Crimea was fully annexed and the Donbass is in a state of perpetual conflict. However, officially speaking, Russia and ...
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Why is visa-free travel such a big deal in politics?

There is currently a motion within the European Parliament to allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians. However for some reason I don't understand why it's such a big improvement - most Ukrainians who ...
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Why are the exemptions for travelling from Ukraine to Crimea so narrow?

Courtesy of this answer on Travel.SE, most foreigners aren't allowed to cross from mainland Ukraine into Crimea, with a few narrow exemptions, at least as of 2015. Procedure for entry to the ...
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Why would the Russian Annexation of Crimea be illegal?

Hillary Clinton answered a journalist's question about Trump appearing on the Larry King Show, a Russian State TV program. She called the annexation of Crimea was illegal. But, there was a legal ...
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Who caused the Ukraine crisis, according to Putin?

In reaction to Euromaidan, Putin claimed, that the whole Ukraine crisis was planned by USA and EU. Afterwards he argued that he invaded Ukraine to stop the authoritarian regime taking rule. But ...
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Does anyone want Ukraine to be called "the Ukraine"?

According to the Wikipedia article Name of Ukraine, Ukrainians prefer the English term to be "Ukraine" rather than "the Ukraine". Do any governments, such as Russia, or other political groups want ...
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Have the terrorists ever traded hostages for land? [closed]

On June 18, 2014, the "pro"-Russian terrorists in Ukraine have captured Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, and secretly transferred her across the state border to terrorist bases in Rostov, Russia and ...
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How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine? [closed]

How necessary is it to destroy statues in Ukraine? They could have preserved them as a part of their history. At least they could become tourist attractions.
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Why don't signatories of Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances (except Russia) protect Ukraine with force?

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of ...
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Why did Russia start its aggression against Ukraine after the Ukrainian unrest from 2013-2014?

There're still different opinions on the level of Russian participation in both the Crimean 2014 crisis and the East Ukraine's military pro-Russian unrest (2014 - now). But, if we admit (as I do) that ...
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Separatists against National Army -> Civil War?

As an European citizen, the Ukrain war happening now is worrying me. On side, the official Armed Forces of Ukraine and the separatists on the other side. Is this a civil war? This is a little ...
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Is Ukraine entitled to redress of breach to the Budapest Memorandum?

Ukraine gave up nukes in a separate agreement in 1994, under guarantees from Russia and USA and UK that Ukraine's territorial integrity won't be violated and in case of such violation would be ...
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How objectively do Western and Eastern media report about the current Ukraine crisis?

I'm sure this is not an easy question, but one that I feel is important. Since the start of the Ukraine crisis with the Crimean crisis, I've often often heart people from Russia saying things about ...
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What's going on in Crimea (Ukraine crisis) in simplest terms?

Simply put, what exactly is the whole Ukraine crisis about? I've read things about it, but I haven't really found anything concise and clear. EDIT: Also, how/why is the U.S. involved?
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Was it technically possible for BUK system to crash an airplane in Ukraine? [closed]

I have read in another forum, that it's impossible that BUK system destroyed that airplane in Ukraine. The reason he says is - the airplane looks like shot by 30×165mm bullets - its not like blown by ...
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Why can't Ukraine just surrender Donetsk and Luhansk? [closed]

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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Are there constituencies for the partition of Ukraine?

The people of Ukraine seem to be of two minds. Some (mostly in the West) want a west-leaning Ukraine free from Russia. Others (mostly in the East), want a Ukraine that's part of, or at least tied to ...
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Was Ukraine responsible by allowing flight MH17 to fly over a war zone?

Regardless of who shot down flight MH17 and taking into account that (non-civil) planes had been shot down before, is Ukraine in part responsible for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone? It ...
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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...
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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

After today's events, there is a lot of speculation that Flight MH17 was brought down by surface to air weapons. Witnesses appear to have heard the loud explosions before the flight crashed, and ...
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What is UN doing about Ukrainian crisis? [closed]

What is UN doing about the Ukrainian crisis?
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How could it happen that Ukrainian soldiers did not try to defend against the invasion?

What I do not understand about the current crisis in Crimea is how this invasion could be successful without anyone firing a gun. Weren't there Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Crimea? Maybe the ...
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Is Ukranian crisis one of its kind?

Ukraine is currently going through a big political crisis.Crimea is on verge of separation.There are specific peculiarities of this situation, which I have noted ahead. A country takes over a part of ...
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Are US financial aids to the new Ukrainian government illegal?

According to an article by Ria Novsti the Russian Foreign Ministry claims that the recently announced US Financial Aid to the new Kiev Government is illegal because the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act ...
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Does the Russian economy profit from Crimea accession?

Is there any profit for the Russian economy from Crimea accession? It seems like it is not a profitable region, so to me it seems it would be another region which would waste taxpayers money, but ...
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Is there anything suggesting NATO is just waiting for the winter to end before acting in Crimea?

One of the strongest "weapons" Russia has is the power to shut down gas, which Europe needs. Is there anything suggesting that the NATO might have decided to procrastinate actions in Crimea for a few ...
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What will happen to the US and Russian economies if Russia sells all its US bonds?

The most recent (publicized) response Vladimir Putin has made regarding sanctions against Russia and the CIS because of his military intervention in Crimea is that he will direct his nation and his ...
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Legality of red cross aid to Ukrainian military

According to CNN (Europe), a Red Cross worker tried to bring in supplied to the navy headquarters in Crimea. Probably, this aid was intended for the military of Ukraine in Crimea. "The men blocking ...
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Ashton phone leak - why no coverage (vs Nuland leak)?

recently it was phone leak of Victoria Nuland - now famous 'F**k EU' quote is from there. It was broadly covered and commented by various officials in EU and US. Question: why Ashton leak is not ...
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Is the Crimean referendum legal?

Как известно, Верховная Рада Крыма в обход Конституции Украины приняла решение о проведении в Крыму 16 марта референдума по присоединению к России. (src) As was noted, the Supreme Council of Crimea ...
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Soldiers abroad without identifying marks - Crimea situation

There's one issue that I haven't seen discussed about the current Crimea situation that feels strange - what are the international law consequences of having your soldiers abroad without identifying ...
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Was the change in government in Ukraine legal?

President Putin recently called the change in government in Ukraine an "anti-constitutional coup and a military seizure of power". Obviously, the interim government and their Western allies disagree, ...
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What is the United States' interest in Ukraine?

I read several articles on why Russia is interested in Ukraine. But not much found on why USA is going after it. Appreciate if someone can explain this to me.
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How Many Russian Citizens Live in Crimea?

It is reported that about 60% of the population in Crimea (Ukraine) are Russians. My question is: How many percent of the population are Russian citizens?
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Sanctions for Russian military action in Ukraine stopping preparation for G8. Is it important for Russia?

In recent conflict of Russia and Ukraine some of G8 countries as sanction of Russian military actions in Ukraine declared they will stop preparation for G8 event in Sochi. But why would Russia be ...
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Russia attacks Ukraine. Why is world's reaction so slow? [closed]

Russia has occupied Crimea, and Russian soldiers are getting ready to attack Kharkiv this night. About Crimea - this has been obvious for last few days. Just words. Russia don't do it, this is bad. ...
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Why does Russia try to prevent Ukraine from getting closer to the EU?

Which disadvantages does Russia fear?
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Has the Orange Revolution improved the fairness of Ukrainian elections according to independent observers?

In late 2004, the Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine after elections that were accompanied by widescale corruption and fraud. Initially, Yanukovych was declared the winner. The protests resulted ...
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