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Russia’s accelerating threat to Ukraine… What does Putin mean?

Reflecting the historical and geopolitical ties between the two countries

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Ukrainian soldiers mobilize armored vehicles amid military tensions with Russia

(Zitomir Reuters = Yonhap News) Ukrainian Air Assault Troops mobilize armored vehicles for land training in Zhitomir on the 21st (local time) amid growing military tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border. U.S. military media reported on the same day, citing Ukrainian intelligence officials, that Russia has assembled more than 92,000 troops at the border and is preparing to invade Ukraine in January or February next year. [우크라이나 공중강습군 사령부 제공] 2021.11.23 [email protected]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jeon Myung-hoon = Russian troops continue to gather along the border with Ukraine. There are also concerns that Russia could lead an invasion with 175,000 troops early next year.

The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 5th (local time) that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close and distant geopolitical and historical relations between Ukraine and Russia are intertwined in sending a ‘war threat’ signal despite the opposition from the international community.

Above all, it is believed that if Ukraine strengthens its alliance with Western countries, it could pose a great threat to Russia’s security.

Ukraine has been showing close ties to Western countries and organizations since it ousted a pro-Russian president in 2014.

In 2019, membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was specified in the constitution, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the US to approve its membership in NATO.

“The presence of NATO forces in Ukraine could upset the military balance,” said Ivan Timofeyev, program director of the Russian Council for International Affairs (RIAC).

“Already NATO has borders with Russia in the Baltic region, etc., but if it expands its territory to Ukraine, the stage for potential military activities can be very large,” he said. he emphasized.

Russia’s military threat is interpreted as a powerful signal that ultimately reveals Russia’s dissatisfaction with Ukraine’s pro-Western policy and NATO’s ‘East Movement’.

The New York Times analyzed that Putin’s intention to receive the spotlight on the international diplomatic stage was also reflected. Recently, Russia has been pushing for negotiations with the US.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a former aide to Putin, said: “Ukraine is a device that will realize Putin’s ambition to revive Russia as a global power. .

Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are scheduled for a videoconference on the 7th.

“Putin is interested in the global level, not much in domestic affairs,” he insisted.

[그래픽]  Recent Russian military deployments around Ukraine
[그래픽] Recent Russian military deployments around Ukraine

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jang Seong-gu = U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vlamidir Putin hold a videoconference on the 7th (local time) amid growing concerns over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Emotional reasons are not small.

According to the New York Times, among Russian people, including President Putin, there are many views that Russia and Ukraine were unfairly separated in the process of dissolution of the Soviet Union.

After all, Russia and Ukraine are ‘one nation’, and it cannot be taken away from the West.

In fact, the two countries have shared history, language, and culture for a long time. In many cases, the same family lives in two countries.

Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, was the center of the Principality of Kiev, which had Russian roots.

Russian writers Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov are from Ukraine, and communist revolutionary Lev Trotsky and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev are also from Ukraine.

Some are skeptical of the possibility that the current state of military tension will actually lead to a large-scale armed conflict.

This is because, if a clash occurs, large-scale loss of life is inevitable in Russia and Ukraine, which are entangled by blood.

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