Ukraine was a part of the Soviet empire. After the disintegration of the USSR in Ukraine got its independence in 1991. It is divided in to 2 parts, the Eastern Ukraine and the western Ukraine. The eastern would prefer to be part of Russia but the western protesters did not want this. They want full independence or aligning with Europe. But the crisis in Ukraine is not much related to this difference of east and west. It is related to economic depression, corruption and the violation of human rights (Historical).
Public protests demanding closer ties with the European Union and the resignation of the president Viktor Yanukovych began in 2013 leading a complete revolution in 2014. Russia staged a military intervention and invaded Ukraine (Ukraine).
The causes of this crisis can be traced back to the period of the fall of Soviet empire. After the cold war there was no proper system introduced to replace the bi polar system. Kharkevich wrote. “Even the exact term used to describe the situation in Crimea – ‘accession’ vs. ‘annexation’ – is a source of considerable diplomatic tension between Russia and the West.” (Rozin).
The economic crisis, human rights violation and corruption aroused people’s sentiments against their president that’s why they started a revolution. Another cause is that Russia wants to expand its area by including Ukraine in it. Russia is aggravating the situation for its own benefits.
One of the solution of the problem could be the non-interference of west. But due to globalization every event has its effects on the world so the other states should make Russia withdraw its claims on Crimea and Ukraine. There can be a referendum in order to decide whether Ukraine would go with Russia or with the Europe or European Union. UNO can also play its role in bringing peace in Ukraine.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has its influence on international relations, foreign policy making and global economy. It will definitely affect the relations between Moscow and Europe. It is creating global security challenges. Europe is more concerned with its security now. It may has it’s impacts on other events going on like U.S. strategy, efforts to calm the Syrian war, negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and China’s foreign policy. (Rumer, Weis, Speck, Khatib, Perkovich&Paal)
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