Causes and consequences of the war in the Ukrainian Donbas: an economic geography perspective

Authors: Vlad Mykhnenko*, University of Oxford
Topics: Economic Geography, Political Geography, East Europe
Keywords: Ukraine, Russia, Donbas, War, internally displaced people, economic geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Roosevelt 4.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This paper provides an economic geography perspective on the causes and consequences of the armed conflict
in Ukraine. It focusses on the most controversial proposition that the war in the Donbas was caused by domestic
economically determined factors. The paper demonstrates that the region’s economic and material
circumstances prior to 2014 had generated neither necessary, nor sufficient conditions for a locally rooted,
internally driven armed conflict. The role of the Kremlin’s covert military intervention was paramount for the
commencement of hostilities. As human and economic costs of the war continue to mount, the war-ravaged
Donbas faces further depopulation and de-development.

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