The IUP Journal of International Relations
The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Geopolitical, Geo-Cultural and Geo-Economic Perspective

Article Details
Pub. Date : April, 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of International Relations
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJIR040422
Author Name : Ramakrushna Pradhan1, Monalisa Dash2, Somnath Pal3 and Swagatika Das4
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 14



All wars end rightly, said Fred Charles Ikle, but through negotiation and diplomatic dialogue, not by complete annihilation of another civilization or change of regime. On the contrary, the Russia-Ukraine war despite several rounds of negotiation and meditations by Israel, Turkey, Germany and France is not showing any sign of slowing down since it started. The war has escalated with each passing day, leading to the firing of hypersonic missiles into several cities of Ukraine by the Russian forces. Despite all-out Western sanctions, stern and repeated warnings from the US and Europe, requests from the United Nations and intervention from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the war is not dying down. This has invited the attention of many and therefore the paper attempts to know and examine what went wrong in Ukraine and why Russia is so desperate to capture the nation in its geopolitical orbit. To diagnose the crisis and figure out the factors underneath the ongoing war between the two erstwhile brothers, this paper adopts a geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-cultural perspective.


On February 24, 2022, Russia launched the most deadly and aggressive military operation of the 21st century against Ukraine, in a major escalation of the conflict between the two neighbors since 2014. Considered an act of aggression, the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine is the biggest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. This unilateral imposition of military might on a non-nuclear democratic country has invited serious criticisms against Russia internationally. The United Nations has condemned the attack and its General Assembly adopted a resolution demanding