Russia vs Ukraine: What is a ‘proxy war’, which Moscow accuses NATO of having started

  • Angel Bermúdez – @angelbermudez
  • BBC News World

A Ukrainian soldier carries an anti-tank system

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NATO countries provided Ukraine with sophisticated weapons, such as this anti-tank system

They were the “hot wars” of the “Cold War”.

For just over four decades, the Soviet Union and the United States have aggressively competed for spheres of influence around the world without ever facing each other in armed conflict. This does not mean that during this nearly half century there were no wars between them – but they took place, with all their cruelty and destruction, in other places and through other actors.

These were the so-called “proxy wars” or proxy wars.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the Western military alliance, of waging such a war against Moscow.

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