Ukraine Case Study

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At the dawn of the 1917 Russian revolution, the Ossetians became an autonomous region within the Soviet Republic of Georgia. By the end of the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991, South Ossetia’s demand to formally secede from as an autonomous, independent state was declared illegal by Georgia. By 1992, tensions with Abkhazia, Georgia’s other region to the north-west, already an autonomous region with Russian roots, escalated as both regions went to war with Georgia. Both regions being tiny areas of land in and about the Caucasus mountains, but are instrumental to Russia as a NATO buffer. By 1992, Russia would host talks for a ceasefire and was in effect in South Ossetia with a peacekeeping force in place as a Constitution was …show more content…

Russian troops and tanks began building up on both the Abkhazia and South Ossetia northern border claiming to be only for peacekeeping. European and other worlds leaders try to deescalate the situation by diplomatic talks. By August Georgia tried to take control of South Ossetia by using its military. Russia responded by invading and pushing Georgian forces out of the south Ossetian region. A second front opened in Abkhazia where Russian troops would occupy. Russia would pass a resolution in declaring recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent nations.
With Ukraine, it is a little more complicated. Victor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, was a pro-Russian sympathizer who stiffed a European Union deal and built an economic agreement with Russia instead. This action would create a huge backlash among Ukrainian citizens. In January 2014, Protest and violence rang out across Ukraine, especially in Kiev, The capital of Ukraine. Dozens would be killed by special forces. Yanukovych tried to broker a deal with the opposition but would be oust into exile across the border in Russia. Ukrainian lawmakers would remove him from power, claiming he abandoned his duty as President. One week later, on March 1, 2014, Russian paramilitary troops would pour into Crimea. The island would then hold a referendum on the future of Crimea; Return to Russia, or stay with Ukraine. An overwhelming majority went with returning to Russia. Vladimir Putin recognized

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