The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is one of the most acute military conflicts that take place in Europe in the 21st century. However, the roots of this confrontation go back to the history of relations between these states, stretching over many centuries. First of all, most of the conflicts were formed due to the disputed ownership of the Crimean Peninsula.
This territory was once part of the USSR, like all the adjacent lands. However, in 1954 the transition of the Crimean region from one subject of the USSR to another took place (“Crimea,” 2020). Nevertheless, many Russian politicians and historians do not recognize the legitimacy of such a decision, thereby forming the basis for the annexation of the peninsula in favor of the Russian Federation.
Finally, the territory of Ukraine in the USSR was primarily used as a source of provisions due to its agricultural orientation and the possibility of growing a massive amount of products. In addition, Ukraine is rich in other resources, such as gas, which could jeopardize the economy of the Russian Federation (Amadeo, 2020). Since the area of this country has been used by Moscow as a source of income for many years, the current war in Russia is also motivated by the income and development prospects that this territory promises.
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