UKRAINE Political Guide and Russian Relations
In this extensive resource on the complicated history of ➡️ Ukraine you will discover over 10,000 handpicked links to key political information that has shaped decades of conflict and suffering, including the current war in Ukraine.
Also explore our unique peace guide specifically on the ➡️ 2022 Russian Invasion which highlights peace voices and negotiations, expert analysis, and delivers extensive information on the refugee crisis, economic impacts, grain and fertiliser shortages, NATO involvement, human rights issues including Russian repression, conscientious objection and protests, massive weapons exports by the West into Ukraine, solidarity and how you can help.
To stay informed on the latest developments in Ukraine Better World Info has collated the very best news sources and social media accounts to follow for up to the minute facts. Find newspapers, blogs, peace experts, military analysts, politicians and the campaigns demanding military de-escalation.
Find also information on the inner workings of the Ukraine government including current President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, elections, economics, and relations with NATO and Russia.
With such a turbulent history, many initiatives have been created to fight for civil liberties, human rights, transparency, and against rampant corruption. Find local and international NGOs here.
Where can I find Background Information on Conflict in Ukraine?
This remarkable resource on Ukraine is a great place to find a ➡ complete guide to historic and current events, including background analysis of NATO, Russia, and Ukraine.
There is also a comprehensive toolbox covering the build-up to current events with a special focus on the Euromaidan protests, the Donbas region, and the East Ukraine civil war 2014-2022 and Minsk Agreements. An interesting guide to the related Russia – U.S. Cold War escalation provides further insight into the evolution of current events, U.S. involvement and military build-up of Ukraine prior to 2022.
For those who want to add an extra layer to their understanding, find further reading into the workings of Vladimir Putin, courageous conscientious objectors, the Orange Revolution, the Crimea crisis of 2014, the influence of the oligarchs and corruption, and Ukrainian fascists and nationalists.
What is the History between Ukraine, Russia, and NATO?
Back in the year 2000 in a BBC interview, Putin was quoted saying ‘Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy.’ When asked about the possibility of joining Nato, he even went as far to say ‘Why not?’ as long as ‘Russia’s views are taken into account as those of an equal partner.’
Later in 2001, just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, during a speech to the German Bundestag, Putin announced unprecedented co-operation between Russia and the U.S., and again shared his vision of Russia’s European future.
Relations however had soured by the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, where Eastern Expansion into Ukraine and Georgia was hot on the agenda. Fears regarding the increased polarisation and militarisation of the giant defence alliance were being felt by Russia.
The relationship between Russia and NATO has been strained for decades. After the peaceful reunification of Germany in 1990 and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, experts warned that expansion of the Nato alliance would only add further fuel to the fire. Regardless, since 1997, 14 countries in Eastern Europe have acceded. Ukraine began relations with NATO in 1991 but plans for membership were later dropped in 2010.
Tensions between the 3 reached breaking point after the illegal coup d' etat at Maidan by fascists and nationalists, followed by Russian infiltration and secession of Crimea in 2014. Despite Ukraine not being a NATO member, NATO pledged full support for Ukrainian sovereignty and has been committed to bolstering Ukrainian defense ever since.
This complex geopolitical situation has been exasperated by misinformation campaigns, citizen repression, false media reporting, intensifying Russophobia, and closure of NGOs.
Better World Info supports a peace first approach, disarmament, nonviolent solutions, and open dialogue. As a participatory platform for the sharing of information, we encourage activists, human and civil rights advocates, and peace experts to share their knowledge and help spread the message of a better world.
Finally, this excellent guide is also available in German at Bessere Welt Info. For a German language version of the Ukraine Conflict resource with over 4,000 links, you can check out the equally informative categories Ukraine and Russische Invasion.
Author: Rachael Mellor, 21.02.23
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