The 26th Of December 2014 marks the 23rd anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. This event, which the current Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed was the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 21st century”, also marked the birth of new independent Ukrainian state. In the 22 years since then, the Russian Federation has made concerted efforts to keep Ukraine within its sphere of influence. However, the last year has seen a major defeat for Russia in this respect. While it has annexed Crimea, and installed a puppet regime in parts of eastern Donbass, it has lost the rest of Ukraine, and taken hundreds (if not thousands) of casualties in doing so. This geopolitical realignment of Ukraine cumulated this week with the country’s parliament (Rada) voting to remove its non-aligned status and pursue a course whereby they will eventually join NATO.