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Background & Development of the Conflict
Live commentary from our TNGO columnists on the Russo-Ukrainian war.
This special edition of our Let’s Tune In column explores the reasons behind the escalation of tensions between Russian and Ukraine in late February 2022.
With Russian President Vladimir Putin aggressing against Ukraine, can the West maintain its control over the European geo-security order?
On April 23, 2021, Russia “withdrew” its forces, which it had built up along its border with Ukraine. After a rather rapid escalation and then stagnation of tensions, the question remains: is Russia an opportunist, taking advantage of an “opening” it found, or is this event a real, viable threat to regional stability? Is Russia trying to start an international war or is it merely testing Western waters to see what it can reap without damaging consequences?
The presidential decree which unplugged three pro-Russian TV channels overnight on 2 February 2021 has been hailed by pro-Western Ukrainians as the first bold move by Ukraine President Volodymir Zelensky to counter Russian propaganda.
While the EU expressed its concerns and the US praised the decision, journalists unions condemned such an interference in the freedom of the media.
Yet, all international conventions protecting freedom of speech establish a few motives on the base of which a State can restrict such freedom and one of the most popular ones is a pressing though historically abused necessity: national security.
Well, this is is exactly the interest that Zelensky claims to protect.
A cura di Vittoria Corrado Dal 2014 nel Donbass si è assistito all’auto-costituzione – con l’aiuto di Mosca – di due repubbliche indipendentiste filo russe: quella di Donetsk e di Lugansk. Ma a differenza di quanto accaduto in Crimea, Kiev ha mantenuto la presenza militare nell’area, non abbandonando mai il fronte. Il risultato sono stati…