The European Union and the Ukraine Crisis


Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 marked a turning point in a serious confrontation between the European Union and a permanent member of the UN Security Council. This event, a significant escalation in a broader Ukraine crisis, represents an unwelcome return of power politics in Europe and goes against the European principle that conflicts would be settled by peaceful means.

In this paper, Patrick Keatinge examines the current state of the Ukraine crisis, the possible scenarios for the future, and the implications of the crisis for both the European Union and Ireland.