UJ Institute for the Future of Knowledge

The Russia-Ukraine crisis and the security dilemma

On February 24, at the time of a United Nations Security Council meeting to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a full-scale attack on the state, claiming that the purpose was the “demilitarisation and de-Nazification” of Ukraine. Russia’s missile attacks have resulted in massive devastation of several Ukrainian cities, such as Kharkiv, Borodyanka and Chernihiv. The crisis assumed a more dangerous turn on March 4 when the world woke up to the news of a potential nuclear disaster, after a complex in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant site (the largest in Europe) was set ablaze by Russian projectiles. However, the fire was swiftly extinguished, the safety systems of the six reactors were not affected and, thankfully, no radiation was released. A historical analysis is required to understand this on-going crisis.


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