The war in Ukraine isn’t just about territory. Besides the military battle, it has important economic and diplomatic ramifications. It may be the defining moment in Russian-Ukrainian relations for decades to come.
Russia and Ukraine share a long history of trade. The two countries have formed a millitary alliance. However, this relationship has not been formalized.
Russia has deep cultural and political ties to Ukraine. Putin has stressed that he would not tolerate the strengthening of NATO’s hold on former Soviet satellites. In addition, Russia has an interest in retaining its territory, including the city of Crimea.
There are a number of factors that will prevent Moscow from fully resolving the conflict. Among them are the Ukrainian armed forces, which have proven to be formidable. They’ve slowed down the Russian military in many areas.
Moreover, Russia lacks modern military hardware and personnel to combat the Ukrainians. Even if it could, its military would lose ground. That could cost Putin’s standing at home.
Lastly, the western Bloc is not receptive to Moscow’s demands. A double standard would hurt the weaker West. If Russia were to go to war with the west, it would be a disaster for both the economy and the world.
One solution is to keep the territorial integrity of Ukraine intact. Another is to work on a peaceful solution. This will address the concerns of both sides.
The Russian government has also proposed a joint military response to the crisis. This will include the deployment of troops, missile defense systems, and other military equipment.