The clash in and for Ukraine | O conflito na e pela Ucrânia


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Magalhães, J. (2022). The clash in and for Ukraine | O conflito na e pela Ucrânia. Political Observer | Revista Portuguesa De Ciência Política (Portuguese Journal of Political Science), (19), 69–81.



Hundreds of years of a troubled history turned Ukraine into a deeply divided country. Like almost all other Slavic nations, Ukraine has been adjusting and pushing towards more stable and reliable political and economic system after the collapse of the USSR. However, doing so triggered a revisit to the old bipolar system that many thought had been buried with the end of the Cold War. To which extent is it actually “old”? The ‘battle’ between East and West, the logic of a bipolar system has come to light. Ukraine is seen as one of the last strongholds of the Russian Federation to contain the advances of the West over the East. Russia has been exuding hints of a revived imperialism and a deep antagonism towards the western ‘incursion’ at their ex-socialist republics. Ukraine has been walking on a thin line, balancing their wishes with their neighbour’s ones. It stands for the yellow and blue of their flag, at least for now, or for how long they´ll be able to.


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