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What is behind the Russia-Ukraine tension? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-11-28 13:38:43 |Display all floors
The recent tension between Russia and Ukraine has once again drawn attention from the international community.

On November 25, three Ukrainian navy vessels were attacked and then detained by Russia around the Crimean Peninsula. Some of the Ukrainian crew was wounded during the conflict. The Security Council of the United Nations, upon the request of Russia, convened an emergency meeting the following day and discussed the appropriate response to the event. On November 27, Ukraine's Parliament approved a 30-day period of martial law, which will take effect from November 28.


Russia accused the Ukrainian navy ships of entering Russian waters and approaching the Kerch Strait without its permission. In Russia's eyes, this is considered a provocation and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook that the strategy Ukraine used was to “provoke, pressure and then allege Russian invasion.”

By contrast, Ukraine accused Russia of dishonoring its pledge on the Law of the Sea and its treaty with Ukraine, which gave both countries the right to use the Azov Sea. Kiev argued that its vessels already informed the Russian side before entering the area, thus making the Russian attack an invasion.

Why is the Kerch Strait important?

The Kerch Strait serves as the only channel linking the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, which makes it an extremely important strategic location. There are also abundant energy reserves here. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the two sides have argued vigorously over the delineation of the Kerch Strait.

A treaty signed in 2003 between Moscow and Kiev gives both sides access to the Kerch Strait and the Azov Sea. But, the Ukraine crisis at the end of 2013 has, in effect, turned this agreement and many others into a mere scrap of paper.

On May 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a ceremony celebrating the completion of a bridge over the Kerch Strait. This bridge, which links western Krasnodar and the eastern Crimean Peninsula, triggered strong protest from the Ukrainian side, which deny that Crimea is a part of Russia and believes the bridge has strong political symbolism.  

Why is it happening now?

According to the U.S. State Department, the second round of sanctions on Russia, resulting from the poisoning of a former Russian spy, will take effect in November. Concrete measures include lowering the diplomatic relation level with Russia, banning Russian airlines from flying American routes and comprehensively prohibiting U.S. exports to Russia. These are all unprecedentedly tough moves, but specific measures have yet to be implemented.

Yuri Ushakov, the aide of the Russian President, confirmed that Putin will meet with Trump at the G20 Summit in Argentina, which will be held from November 30 to December 1. Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov warned that protests against Trump may damage bilateral relations.

Ukraine will host its presidential and parliamentary elections in March and October 2019 respectively. The current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has only 7.8 percent popularity. At the same time, ex-president Yulia Tymoshenko now leads the race with an approval rating of 18.5 percent. It is possible that Poroshenko will, under the influence of the Western world, intentionally ignite anti-Russian sentiment with an aim to win favor before the election.

In March 2014, the reclaiming of Crimea won Putin an unprecedented amount of domestic support. Post-Crimea, this consensus has become a useful hedge for Kremlin in guarding against Western influence and deflecting domestic tensions.

Though the crisis in the Azov Sea was not initiated by Russia this time, it might offer Moscow another opportunity to unite its people again under the name of national interests. (source:CGTN)

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Post time 2018-11-28 17:46:41 |Display all floors
I read half an article about it ( didn't read one above ) and I figured that Ukraine must be having trouble with its citizens so they asked Russia to give them an excuse to declare martial law. That's it right? USA and Russia work together to keep Ukrainians poor so wealthy losers have a constant source of poor desperate hot chicks right? Keep making hot poor good looking female babies Ukrainians!

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Post time 2018-11-28 17:52:11 |Display all floors
But yeah - Ukrainian leaders needed an excuse to declare martial law on discontent population so they called up their good friend Putin and asked him to give them one.

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Post time 2018-11-28 17:54:06 |Display all floors
7.8 popularity hey? Ha. See I'm right. You elites are seriously $%$%ed up.

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Post time 2018-11-28 18:00:06 |Display all floors
Putin is not so popular after his capitalist change to Russian old age pension either is he. Poor Russians must work until they die like poor western citizens now don't they. And Russian poor still have communist mentality so they are angrier about it than poor western citizens. Unite Russians under the name of national interests hey? Yeah. Global elites really are pathetic and ridiculous. They need an Antichrist. This kind of nonsense is just sad.

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Post time 2018-11-28 18:02:08 |Display all floors
Do you Chinese leaders need an enemy to manage your population? You don't do you. You don't need the South China Sea bullcrap. The people thinking this bullcrap up are weak cowards.

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Post time 2018-11-28 21:23:22 |Display all floors
There has been tension for years between the two.

In 1920 Soviet Russian forces overran Ukraine and relations between the two states transitioned from international to internal ones within the Soviet Union, founded in 1922. After the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991, Russia and Ukraine have undergone periods of ties, tensions, and outright hostility.

On 10 February 2015, in response to Russian military intervention, the parliament of Ukraine registered a draft decree on suspending diplomatic relations with Russian Federation.
Although this suspension did not materialize, Ukrainian official Dmytro Kuleba (Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe) acknowledged early April 2016 that diplomatic relations had been reduced "almost to zero". Late 2017 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that "there are no diplomatic relations with Russia in terms of content".
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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