What most people miss about the war in Ukraine

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The conflict in Ukraine is more than just Russian aggression. It's deep historical roots are causing a modern-day struggle over what kind of country Ukraine should be. Vox's Amanda Taub explains.

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No mention of the status of Crimea either in modern times or during Soviet times?

Author — Yusuf Nasihi


When it comes to language, it's not simply East-West linguistic division. The first thing is, in most cities all across Ukraine there is more Russian-speakers but there's more Ukrainian-speakers overall: Ukrainian dominates most of the rural area in Ukraine, including the Eastern perts. The second thing is that most Russian-speakers in Ukraine still identify themselves as ethnic Ukrainians: if you take Kyiv, the capital, for example, there's more than 80% Ukrainians, more than 70% of those who claim their mother tongue is Ukrainian but in fact you're much more likely to hear Russian in the streets of the city. And the last thing to take into consideration is that while there is a certain correlation between language and political views, there were also loyal Ukrainian-speaking members of pro-Russian Yanukovych government and actually a half of those who fight for Ukrainian side in the war on Donbas speak Russian. So you can't divide Ukraine into "Russian" and "Ukrainian" parts that easily: aside from natural transitional dialects between the close languages, they both mix and interact on every level. The language itself would never be the case if not for the polititians who preserved and highlighted the division for the sake of their political ambitions which came to extreme in the years of Yanukovych.

Author — Anton Sherstiuk


Russian involvement in Ukraine has everything to do with strategic locations, if you think Putin is doing this for the sole benefit of the people you're sadly mistaken.

Author — M.A. M.R.


There's very little news on the conflict

Author — A Different Video of a Banana Every Goddamn Day


Amount of kremlinbots in this comment section is truly impressive

Author — Nazariy Vysokinskyi


The amount of Putin supporters on here is astounding.

Author — Trenton Pottruff


so basically... international law matters only when it fits US interests.

Author — The Big Joe


You can't put the words "wrong" and "right" in the same sentence as "international law". We all know "international law" is what Washington says.

Author — Agent Smidt


So...Russia takes military action and it's a crime against International law. America invades a country and its "spreading democracy".

Cool. Got it.

Author — pacnite


Ukraine began its integration into EU in 2008, just after Russia initiated its trade sanctions against Ukraine in 2007. Russian trade sanctions were violations of numerous trade agreements and CIS itself. In this way Russia made a clear message about the worth of its promises. Again that message was repeated when Russia violated Budapest Memorandum and Belavezha Accords

Author — thealphazoid


Let's not forget the dictatorial policies that Yanukovych and his cabinet were putting into place.

Author — Drew Farley


Yes there are dig diversity in Ukraine, BUT separatism would never start a war without support of Moscow, which they have for years and years long before Yanukovych came to power

Author — Martyn Stusiak


Your report was informative but you left out the role of NATO (not to be confused with the EU) and Russian fears about the potential loss of the naval base in the Crimea. It is this that protects all of Southern Russia.and, Putin or no Putin, it is crucial to Russian security.

Author — Larkinchance


russia: give us your nukes we won't attack
ukraine: ok

Author — martis martiis


Stalin is not Russian, he was Georgian!!!

Author — Arhijakon


Everyone's arguing about politics and I'm just upset they used a Czech tank from the 40's used in German service to represent Russian aggression at 0:09

Author — CR7966


Why does every women have a vocal fry now? Vox do a video on that.

Author — pokey99099


As a person experiencing all this from the inside and having an international opinions heard — I think this video is a complete fraud and a journalistic profanation. What have become of once interesting and journalistic (at it's best) Vox? (
Must admit that an accent on the historical roots of the problem are correct as an approach... but completely fails at journalistic value.

Author — Volodymyr Konovalov-Lisin


Even though I agree with most of things said, as a person that's comes from the eastern part of the country I can say that it's not like one half wants this and the other wants that. More and more cities abandon pro-russian movements and try to stick to the west. It's only like a few towns in the very east support Russia, the ones that at occupied.
The end of the video where the country appears divided into 2 parts is not really the real picture.

Author — theosbigautomobile


love how you use a Czech tank and put a Russian flag on it.

Author — Jerry Zou