Russia-Ukraine Conflict Russia remains unwilling to end the seven-year Ukraine war

Russia-Ukraine

Key points: RUSSIA-UKRAINE

  • Ukraine has been attacked in an unforeseen manner by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • The deployment in two pro-Russian areas of eastern Ukraine was announced earlier this week by President Putin.
  • In the early hours of Friday, the capital, Kyiv, was the scene of numerous explosions.
  • According to reports, the Russian military launched 203 operations against its western neighbor since the day began.
  • In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he wanted to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, missiles rained down on those cities and their residents.

WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING BETWEEN RUSSIA-UKRAINE?

Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, the largest state-on-state attack in Europe since World War II. Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the situation in these cities resembled a war situation using his words, and hence the missiles showered. The offensive was launched in the early hours of the morning, shortly after Vladimir Putin addressed the nation in a dramatic televised speech. The president warned any country trying to interfere would suffer “consequences you have never experienced”.

Thousands of heavy artillery shells were fired across Ukraine’s vast border before tanks rolled in across three sides. The Russian military gathered troops across the country following weeks of escalating tensions.

 Day two of ‘military operations in Ukraine began following the announcement of the bombardment and fighting by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 137 people, including 10 military officers, have been killed and 316 others injured.

 While US President Joe Biden said the US would intervene if Putin crossed into NATO countries, he asserted that it was better to stop him now than to embolden him in the future. Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, along with the rest of the Baltic states, have all received the first US military reinforcements and pieces of equipment.

Chernobyl also experienced combat in the area surrounding the former nuclear plant. As of Friday morning, Ukraine announced that it had lost control over the Chernobyl nuclear site. which was the site of the 1986 disaster. It is the plant’s employees had been “taken captive”. 

WHY DID THE CRISIS START?

Ukrainians live in a country in Eastern Europe bordering Russia. Before 1991, it belonged to the Soviet Union, then gained its independence in 1991. It also borders NATO, which was established after World War II for defensive military purposes. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is composed of 30 member countries that work together to ensure northern security. By using political and military means, it strives to ensure the freedom and security of its members.

 Using the vision of President Putin, the Ukrainian peninsula has historically been part of Russian territory, which led Russia to invade Crimea in 2014, and it has occupied it ever since. During the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv in 2014. An EU association agreement refused to be signed by the country’s then-president, a Russia-friendly figure. The Russian response was to seize Crimea and instigate a separatist rebellion in the east of Ukraine. Its gained control of part of Donbas. The two sides have so far been unable to establish a peaceful settlement. The line of battle has barely moved since 2015. Ukraine’s government reports that about 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and 1.5 million residents are internally displaced.

 The eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have been embroiled in civil war since then between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian armed forces.

AFTER-EFFECTS OF THE 2014 REBEL

 Having been in the middle of the war for some time, Russian President Putin recently recognized the two regions held by Russian-backed separatists as independent states and has ordered Russian troops to attack, ending the peace deal. Earlier in the day, on Thursday, 24th February, the troops were led to invade and conquer the areas. On the ground, at sea, and from the air, Russian troops destroyed a 44-million-person democracy in Europe. Despite denying entry to the neighboring country for a long time. President Putin ended up with war by shooting missiles and disarraying up a peace agreement.

 It is clear that many of his arguments are erroneous or unfounded. In his speech, he said he aimed to protect people from bullying and genocide and to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine. Unlike some other countries, Ukraine has no history of genocide – the Jewish president governed vibrant democracy. “How could I be a Nazi?” said Volodymyr Zelensky, who compared Russia’s invasion to European Nazi Germany’s invasion during World War Two.

 As a part of the response to the Ukraine crisis, President Biden on Thursday said that the United States plans to consult with India about the crisis. Historically, India and Russia have enjoyed a friendly relationship. The country has also expanded. Its strategic partnership with the US with a remarkable swiftness over the past decade and a half.

WHAT DOES PUTIN WANT?

 Russian President Vladimir Putin described Russians and Ukrainians as “one people” in a lengthy essay he wrote in July 2021. Furthermore, he argued that the West had disintegrated Ukraine and pulled it out of Russia’s perspective through a “forced change of identity.”

 The emotional and grievance-filled speech Putin delivered to the nation on Monday where he announced his decision to recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and questioned the sovereignty of Ukraine illustrated this historical revisionism up close.

 Nevertheless, Ukrainians have gotten increasingly close to Western institutions like the European Union and NATO in the past three decades, protesting the idea that they are just a pawn of the West.

 The latest polls show that a majority of Ukrainians favor NATO membership over Russia’s efforts to reintegrate Ukraine into Russia’s sphere. Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reintegrate Ukraine into Russia’s orb have met with widespread opposition.

 During the month of December, Putin presented a list of security demands to the US and NATO. One of the most significant was a guarantee that Ukraine will not join NATO and that NATO will downsize. Its military presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Such proposals have been deemed illegitimate by the United States and its allies.

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