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What is the relationship between Russia and Ukraine?

As a former Soviet republic Ukraine has deep social and cultural ties with Russia, and Russian is widely spoken there, but ever since Russia invaded in 2014 those relations have frayed. Russia attacked Ukraine when its pro-Russian president was deposed in early 2014. The war in the east has since claimed more than 14,000 lives.

What is Russia trying to tell the west on Ukraine?

For the West, Mr Kortunov says Russias message is to stop its infiltration of Ukraine with Nato infrastructure, including new kinds of weapons. Thats definitely a matter of concern for Moscow, he argues. This week, Russias external intelligence agency, the SVR, evoked the 2008 Georgia war, in a statement on Ukraine.

Whats happening in Ukraine?

After Ukraines air defences and other military infrastructure came under attack on Thursday, columns of tanks have moved rapidly into position, backed up by artillery and air power. Among the initial targets were Kyiv, Karkhiv, Odesa and Ivano-Frankivsk.

Why did Putin invade Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin claims Ukraine invasion was aimed at preventing the genocide of ethnic Russians in the country. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images.

Why is Russia at war with Ukraine? Russian-Ukrainian relations now are certainly hostile, but it is not all-out war. There are sporadic clashes on the front line. Since the collapse of communism in 1991, Russian troops have intervened in conflicts in several areas of the former Soviet Union, notably in Chechnya and other parts of the Caucasus.

Should the west help Kiev in its standoff with Moscow?

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