The paper analyses the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, while examining the origin of the conflict, the developments so far, the effects that the conflict has had on both countries and other countries and possible solutions to the conflict.
Analysts consider the conflict between Russia and Ukraine as the result of the desire by the Russian leadership to re-join the countries that once formed the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was once under the rule of a single party, the Communist party, which had its headquarters in the Russian capital of Moscow. The Soviet Union ceased existing in December 1991. By the time of its dissolution, many countries had become independent. The countries that came from the Soviet Union are Russia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The wider belief is that Vladimir Putin seeks the reunion of these states, and began implementing this plan by annexing Crimea, a province of Ukraine. The annexation happened during the transition period after the February 2014 ouster of Ukraine President, Victor Yanukovych. Many believe that Russia will soon push its territory to the entire Ukraine before conquering other countries that fell under the USSR (Legvold, 76).
The United States has openly condemned the actions of Russia. However, Russia has remained adamant by refusing to cease control of the province. This has led to Western countries, led by the United States, imposing sanctions on Russia (Legvold, 80).