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Is Ukraine Part of NATO? Why Does This Matter?

Legal AssistantInternational Law

On February 24, 2022, the world watched Russia launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops bombed cities and military bases as innocent civilians began a mass exodus to flee the country. The attack sparked outrage from global leaders and citizens all over the world. As attacks spilled over into the second day, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a statement …

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Why Does Russia Want Ukraine and Crimea?

Legal AssistantInternational Law

For many Russians, Kyiv – Ukraine’s capital city – is the birthplace of their nation. Many even acknowledge the deep cultural ties that exist between the two countries. That said, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, isn’t the first time the two former Soviet republics have been embroiled in bitter conflict. Russia’s recent encroachment on Ukraine went down …

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Ukraine and the 1st Impeachment of President Trump

Legal AssistantConstitutional Law

Donald J. Trump became the first president in the history of the United States to face impeachment twice. The initial impeachment was over allegations of improperly seeking help from Ukraine to bolster his chances of getting re-elected into office. The second time was over his alleged role in inciting his Republican supporters to storm the Capitol, an event that was …

Is Russia Committing War Crimes in Ukraine

Is Russia Committing War Crimes in Ukraine?

Legal AssistantCriminal Law, International Law

In 1945 the United Nations instituted a charter that made aggressive war (different from defensive war) illegal in international law. Based on the charter’s provisions, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falls within the confines of aggression crimes. In the Nuremberg trials of 1945-1946, senior leaders of Nazi Germany were convicted on charges of war aggression. The Tokyo war crime trials also …