Ukraine vs Russia


Rosa Shvartsman, Staff Writer

Throughout the years Russia and Ukraine have stirred up tension and recently, many have come to the conclusion that a war may start. “Over the past 24 hours, the situation at the line of combat engagement has significantly escalated,” said Yan Leshchenko, head of the People’s Republic’s militia. The beginning of the conflict started back in 2014, Ukraine and Russia’s troubled past started following the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the cause of the two countries’ mutual state of war. The Russian annexation of Crimea is where Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula. Currently, as of this year, Ukraine has accused Russia of “proactive shelling” which ultimately to Russia declaring war on Ukraine on February 24th, 2022. In short, many nations are worried about the horrific war between both nations turning into a worldwide conflict, and how civilians will be protected from this massacre.

“The Baltic republics agreed to provide Ukraine with U.S.-made anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles and NATO members have reinforced them militarily after the Ukraine crisis escalated,” said Valdemaras Rupšys, Lithuanian Chief of Defence. Due to the Russian military force showing no sign of backing down from Ukraine external forces such as the U.S have now been involved in these nations’ constant feud. The United States and NATO decided to help Ukraine after accusing Moscow of increasing its military presence on the border. It’s been shown throughout history Russia has used misdirection as a common militia strategy. “He’s setting up a rationale to take more territory by force, in my view. This is the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine,” said Joe Biden, president of the United States. In-depth, this statement was made due to occurrences circulating around Russia’s military forces. These occurrences consist of Vladimir Putin being approved to send Russian troops outside of the country, and the EU implanting sanctions against Russia’s defense. All in all, throughout the tension between the Ukraine and Russia foreign nations have jumped in to lessen the chance of a World War. 

“We have nothing to lose but our own freedom,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukraine President. Currently, Russia has invaded and set out attacks on major cities such as Kyiv, and Zaphorizhiza. In early March, Russia and Ukraine officials met and fully established humanitarian corridors. Humanitarian corridors act as safe zones for civilians to flee with supplies to pass through and soldiers will ceasefire.  Sadly, as of March 6th, 2022 the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians was at a halt due to Russian Shelling. Due to fighting many roads, bridges, and residential areas have been destroyed dwindling access to safe areas, food, water, and access to medicine. “We’ve seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians which would constitute a war crime,” said Anthony Blinken, United States secretary of state. Throughout these sudden civilian attacks, many Ukrainian citizens have fled to the border to gain refuge in European countries. Poland has taken in more than half a million, Hungary more than 100,000, Romania approximately 45,000, Moldova 80,000, Slovakia 70,00, and Greece 1,500 arrivals since the start of the Russian invasion. Throughout this massacre most Ukrainian civilians have been forced to take refuge, but with help from bordering countries, it leaves less stress on the Ukrainian government. 

 “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be obtained through understanding,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, a philosopher and abolitionist. In conclusion, Russia’s strange militia tactics have stirred up major confusion about their plans throughout the Ukraine invasion. This has not only put fear into Ukraine but has caused foreign nations to help provide military guidance and weaponry.