Ukraine and Proxy Wars: The Great Powers and Their Indirect Wars – Knowledge

A Ukrainian soldier passes by an abandoned Russian army tank in the town of Andriyivka. Photo: AP / dpa / Vadim Ghirda

NATO countries support Ukraine in the fight against Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov sees this as a war with Russia. We explain what this term means and where such conflicts have taken place since 1945.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO is waging a proxy war with Russia by supplying Ukraine with weapons from the West.

“Camp facilities in western Ukraine have been attacked (by Russian forces) more than once. How could it be otherwise? ‚ÄĚNATO is essentially waging a war with Russia through a representative and arming that representative. “War means war,” Lavrov said in an interview with state television broadcast on Monday.

Therefore, the government in Moscow considers these weapons as legitimate targets for the Russian military as part of the special operation, Lavrov said. Russia has stopped talking about a “war.” She calls the invasion of Ukraine either a “special operation” or a “peace mission.”

The United States pledged $ 713 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine and the region on Monday. The European Union has already decided on millions of military aid and other sanctions packages are in place.

Proxy wars during the Cold War

Proxy wars were particularly characteristic of the Cold War era. This conflict between the US-led Western powers and the Soviet Union and their allies was waged from 1947 to 1989 using almost every means.



Competing for global hegemony, the two superpowers intervened in civil wars and at problematic points in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America to thwart each other’s influence. However, there has never been a direct military conflict that would have led to a third world war and possibly a global nuclear catastrophe.

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Geostrategic reasons

The fact that the US and the Soviet Union supported parties loyal to them on their behalf had geostrategic reasons, as any civil war could result in a change of government.

The US and the Soviet Union confronted each other with incompatible state systems and ideologies and wanted to repel the adversary’s global political influence in all parts of the world.

Korean War

The first war with representatives took place from 1950 to 1953 Korean Peninsula dismissed. When the North Koreans crossed the border south in 1950, the US intervened militarily on the South Korean side. On the other hand, the Soviet Union supplied weapons to North Korea and China intervened with about 200,000 troops. The war ended in 1953 and cemented the partition of Korea.

Vietnam War

In 1964 the United States and the Soviet Union intervened Vietnam War. The Soviet Union armed communist North Vietnam, while the US deployed hundreds of thousands of troops to South Vietnam. The conflict ended in 1973 with the unsuccessful withdrawal of American troops and the occupation of South Vietnam by the Communists.

war in Afghanistan

In 1979 he entered Afghanistan the last Cold War proxy war. The Soviet Union occupied Kabul to support the communist government. The United States and other countries supported the mujahideen with arms supplies. In 1989, Soviet troops were forced to withdraw from Afghanistan.

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More proxy wars

In addition to the wars with representatives in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, there were many other problematic points that shaped the Cold War era: The Berlin crisis 1958, The Cuban crisis 1962, The Yom Kippur War 1973, civil war in Angola 1970 to 2002, Lufta Ogaden in Ethiopia 1977/78.

The fall of the Soviet Union (officially December 21, 1991) meant the end of the Cold War, but not the end of wars with representatives. IN Syrian civil war (since 2011), ruler Bashar al-Assad is backed by Russia, Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah, while the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are on the side of various rebel groups.

IN Yemen Since 2015, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been embroiled in brutal battles against government troops on whose side Saudi Arabia intervened militarily in the conflict.

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