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Q: Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine problem' by invasion?
As far as I knew, Russia invaded Ukraine because Ukraine wanted to join the West.
Why was joining in NATO by Ukraine was a problem? Coz, Russia wanted to maintain a buffer zone between NATO and its border (e.g. Belarus, Finland, Georgia).
Why does Russia want a buffer zone? Coz, that would give them a military advantage over NATO in the case of a NATO invasion.
Nonetheless, Ukraine is moving forward with its plan to join NATO.
My question is, since, Ukraine's NATO membership is almost inevitable, wasn't invasion of Ukraine a miscalculation and waste of time by Russia?
Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine' problem by invasion?
wasn't invasion of Ukraine a miscalculation and waste of time by Russia?
Yes, there was a good evidence that Russia was able to stop Ukraine by invading it, just like Russia has successfully prevented Georgia's Eurointegration by armed invasion to Georgia in 2008, with no consequences for the Russia itself.
No, not waste of time. Stopping Ukraine's Eurointegration was Russia's last chance to avoid its own fall, both as an empire and as the unite state. They understood it very well, and they did everything to keep their own country from collapsing.
Yes, they miscalculated about the world's response on their actions this time.
Before expanding on the above, let me first say that some key points from the referenced video are not very accurate. Not that I'm saying it is deliberately false, but it is misleading as it forms a wrong cause-and-effect picture in the minds of its audience.
For example, Al Jazeera's video puts presidential elections (7-June-2014) before the Russia's armed invasion to Crimea (began on 20-Feb-2014, even according to Russia's official propaganda). This may make someone think that removal Yanukovich may be the cause to Russia's armed invasion to Crimea, but it was the opposite.
Russia's medal for invading Crimea that clearly says that the Russia's armed invasion to Crimea started on 20.02.2014 when the marionette president Yanukovich still remained in power (Yanukovich fled Ukraine two days later, on 22-Feb-2014).
Another wrong statement is that Ukraine is "split" between Russian and Ukrainian nationals. This has been debunked many times, incl. this site, so let me not reiterate this.
There are several other inaccuracies, too. Again, I don't say that Al Jazeera is lying, but one should always keep in mind such nuances before forming their understanding about what's going on.( Read more... )