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Resolved: NATO should strengthen its relationship with Ukraine in order to deter further Russian aggression

Resolved: NATO should strengthen its relationship with Ukraine in order to deter further Russian aggression.

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Background

Former President Victor Yanukovych

Former President Victor Yanukovych

The geopolitical situation that created the impetus for this resolution began in February 2014 when President Victor Yanukovych of the Ukraine was forced out of office by protestors after months of protests. The opposition to control of the capital city of Kiev soon after Yanukovych fled.

On February 22, the Ukrainian granted amnesty to all political prisoners, brought back the constitution of 2004 (which reduces the powers of the president), and announcing an early presidential election in May.  The interim President is Oleksandr Turchynov.

Although Yanukovych fled, he refused to resign and politicians from the south and east regions, including Crimea, declared continuing loyalty to Yanukovych.  On February 28, unmarked armed forces, which were Russian forces supported by Ukrainian separatists, began a takeover of the Crimean Peninsula, which was part of the Ukraine. Russia rationalized the take-over by claiming it was there to protect ethnic Russians living in Crimea, as Crimea was one of the regions to continue supporting Yanukovych.

On March 16th, a controversial referendum was held where a reported 95% of the voters voted to secede from the Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.  Although the referendum was heavily …

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