(Russian Analytical Digest) These two editions present a number of short comments on the ongoing Ukraine crisis. The comments are authored by a variety of experts and focus on different aspects of the crisis and ongoing dynamics. Part 1 contributions cover the major Russian military build-up, the Putin regime’s strategy and aims, the Russian government’s proposed new security assurance agreements, the recent series of diplomatic exchanges, and the impact on domestic politics in European states. Part 2 contributions cover the fast-track extraterritorial naturalization of Donbas residents, the question whether the Russian people would punish Putin for invading Ukraine, war optimism on both sides, and the impact on global security of the recognition of the “Luhansk People’s Republic”/”Donetsk People’s Republic” by Russia.
(No New) Lessons Learned
Irina Busygina (Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg)
Russia’s Showdown over NATO Has Been a Long Time in the Making
Ben Aris (BNE, Berlin)
“All-in” for Status. Russia’s Risky Wargame with (in) Europe
Maria Raquel Freire (Centre for Social Studies University of Coimbra) and Regina Heller (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg)
The Russia–Ukraine Crisis: Where Does Germany Stand
Stefan Meister (German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin)
Three Lessons and Three Clues about Putin’s Foreign Policy toward Ukraine and the West
Olexiy Haran (National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy) and Petro Burkovskyi (Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Kyiv)
The Reasons for Russia’s Proposals
Pavel Sharikov (Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
What Makes a Citizen? Russia’s Passportization of the Donbas
Fabian Burkhardt, Cindy Wittke, Elia Bescotti (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany), and Maryna Rabinovych (University of Agder, Norway)
Would Putin’s Own People Punish Him for Invading Ukraine?
Henry E. Hale (George Washington University, Washington, DC)
War Optimism in the Russia–Ukraine Conflict: A Cause for Pessimism?
Olena Lennon (University of New Haven)
Global Security and the Ukrainian Crisis
Dmitry Stefanovich (IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
Russia Crisis 2022: A Truth Moment for Germany
Kateryna Zarembo and Marianna Fakhurdinova (New Europe Center, Kyiv)
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