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Legitimacy and the Ukraine invasion

Russia's actions are predictable but illegitimate


Illustration: Ajay Mohanty

Nitin Desai
Legitimacy is a desired garb for ancient kings who sought priestly blessings or a latter-day President who values the approval of a foreign foray by a UN Resolution. For the powerful yearn to be rightful rulers. How credible is the garb of legitimacy that Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought for his military intervention in Ukraine?

The principal source of legitimacy today for international political action comes from what is permitted by the UN Charter. Some goals of the charter are drawn from the preamble:
  • “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”;
  • “to reaffirm faith … in the equal rights …
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First Published: Feb 27 2022 | 11:17 PM IST

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