Inside Story

Will Russia attack Ukraine?

Moscow is massing its troops along the border with its neighbour amid heightened tension.

Concerns are growing of a possible war between Russia and Ukraine.

Kyiv and Moscow have been in dispute since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine.

There had been a relative stalemate in fighting but the situation is now on the brink of a major escalation.

Kyiv has expelled a Russian diplomat in response to a similar move by Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is beefing up his nation’s naval presence in the Black Sea.

The international community is alarmed.

So, what has prompted the heightened tension and how much of a threat is it to Ukraine’s unity?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Viktor Olevich – Political analyst and lead expert at the Center for Actual Politics

Mychailo Wynnyckyj – Associate professor of sociology at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Glenn Diesen – Professor of international relations at the University of Southeastern Norway