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Russian economic sanctions pose an enormous challenge to Ukraine, whose economy has been in recession over the past two years.
Opinion polls from the last several days indicate that a clear majority of Russian society supports the Kremlin’s actions taken towards Ukraine.
Russia’s strategic goal remains to impose political and systemic solutions that would guarantee Russia control over the Ukrainian state.
Everything indicates that Russia has incorrectly assessed the atmosphere in eastern and southern Ukraine, neglecting their citizens’ attachment to the state.
Crimea’s absorption by Russia changes the current balance of forces in the Black Sea.
The secession of Crimea has serious consequences, both for the Ukraine and for the Russian Federation.
Russia is escalating its conflict with Ukraine. Kyiv’s efforts to resolve the conflict are mainly focused on diplomacy.
Although Central and South-Eastern European countries evaluate the recent developments in Ukraine in a very similar manner, their reactions have been different.
The German government sees its role in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict over Crimea as that of a liaison in maintaining dialogue between Russia and the West.
A series of actions took place in recent days in Russia, either in support to, or in protest against the Russian intervention in Ukraine.