Seminar "The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict since 2014. Its Genesis, Escalation and Prospects"
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
- Phone: 018 471 1630
Is Russia in Ukraine merely reacting to Western policies or has it its own agenda vis-a-vis Kyiv? The 2014 annexation of Crimea and outbreak of war in the Donets Basin has given the escalating political and cultural confrontation between post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, since 2004, a new dimension that goes beyond Eastern Europe. The Kremlin's resistance against Ukrainian westernization is closely linked to the stability of Putin's regime. At the same time, growing imperial nationalism in Russia has been facilitating the Kremlin's growing aggressiveness towards Ukraine. A solution of the conflict may only be possible after a regime change in Moscow.
Andreas Umland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv and Senior Fellow at Institute of International Relations, Prague.