Russian Intervention in Ukraine: History, Identity Politics, and National Consolidation

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This paper examines the factors influencing the support for Russia’s Ukraine policy. Western sanctions imposed on Russia have crippled its economy and the general well-being of its people. However, support for Moscow’s Ukraine policy remains firm among the Russian population, who believe that the West has malevolent intentions toward Russia. The Russian elite has skillfully utilized identity politics for national consolidation and to mobilize support for its Ukraine policy by manipulating Russian history, beliefs, and worldviews. Russians see themselves as righteous people who are highly capable of dealing with difficulties and certainly as winners in the conflict with the West.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-318
Number of pages20
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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