The Washington Post: What you need to know about tensions between Ukraine and Russia
A report in the Washington Post noted (The Washington Post) has deepened rifts between Ukraine and Russia, and Western and Ukrainian officials have raised fears of a Russian military build-up near Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been battling Western-allied Ukrainian forces since 2014.
The newspaper’s foreign affairs editor, Sami Westphal, noted that hostility erupted on Friday when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that a group of Russians and Ukrainians had plotted a coup attempt in Ukraine.
To shed more light on what is going on, the writer listed some of the most important reasons that summarize the current crisis, including that the reason for the existence of tensions between the two countries dates back to March 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine, and a month later, war broke out between separatists allied with Russia and the Ukrainian army In the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, killing more than 13,000 people, according to the United Nations human rights office.
Washington has supported Kiev financially and militarily since 2014, providing more than $4.5 billion in aid, including two shipments of Javelin anti-tank missiles.
On the reasons for the concerns now, Westfall said that Ukraine has repeatedly denounced the increased presence of Russian forces near its borders, saying that the mobilization is an attempt to pressure Ukraine, as Russia strongly opposes any possible moves by Ukraine to join NATO or establish closer strategic relations with the West.
He noted that the US position on the crisis was confirmed by President Joe Biden in a phone call with Zelensky in April when he pledged “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of continued Russian aggression,” which was also confirmed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during this month’s meeting. With his Ukrainian counterpart that the United States is committed to the sovereignty of Ukraine.
He added that Washington has supported Kiev financially and militarily since 2014, providing more than $4.5 billion in aid, including two shipments of Javelin anti-tank missiles.