Why Russia has never accepted Ukranian independence | Curio

Why Russia has never accepted Ukranian independence

37 mins | Jan 6, 2022

It might have, had it chosen democracy. 30 years ago, the deal which dissolved the Soviet Union rested on the untested idea that Russia and Ukraine could be neighbours. But things never became as peaceful as once hoped. Today, fears of a new international conflict are renewed upon Russia's seeming intention to invade Ukraine. In this thorough deep dive, The Economist looks deeper into the historical relationship between the two countries. They analyse why Russia has always considered Kyiv an almost-fundamental part of Russian identity, the expectations of the USSR's dissolution, and how these factors contextualise what's happening now in the region.

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