Why Did Russia Invade Ukraine? Historical Insights and Conflict Analysis
Keywords:Keywords: Russian Invasion, Ukrainian crisis, NATO, Western Response
The Russian invasion of Ukraine erupted on February 24th, 2022, and has brought huge devastation to the Ukrainian people. The escalation of the Ukrainian crisis in early 2014 has brought an end to the post cold war status-quo in Europe. Thus the 2014 crisis led to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 as of Ukraine’s closeness to the EU and NATO. Russia’s annexation of Crimea (a part of Ukraine) is a major bone of contention between the two sides. Hence, Ukraine’s inclination toward the western camp created insecurity for Russia as it would be no more an arduous task for the US to contain the communist country. Thereby, to break such occurrence Russia invaded Ukraine. Later on, Russia affirms the withdrawal of its troops from Ukraine and guaranteed to restrain future attacks and aggressions only on the terms of the ceasefire talks. This paper mainly aims at providing an in-depth analysis of the Russian-Ukrainian war and shed some light on the western response to the entire scenario. The study is informed by secondary sources and a qualitative research approach.