Russia has gathered a significant number of combat troops along the Ukrainian border. More than 120 thousand Russian soldiers deployed along the border allow NATO and its allies to speak loudly about a possible Russian attack. What happened in 2014 can be repeated nowadays. There is no doubt Russia plays a game with the West. However, the question remains, what does Russia want?
According to pro-Russian-oriented rhetoric, the Russian Federation wants to fulfil eastern Ukraine inhabitants’ “dream” – to become a part of Russia, arguing they speak like Russians, think like Russians, and feel like Russians. Since 2014, Russia has been involved in an ongoing conflict with Ukraine. Kremlin spreads the narrative that Ukraine does not want to respect the voice of people from Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics. Moreover, according to Russia, Ukraine is massively supported by the West, which has constantly been endangering the sovereignty of Russia.