Russia declared war on Ukraine on 24th February followed by multiple bombings in Ukraine’s major cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv. Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territories and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared martial law.
There have been a number of casualties on both Russian and Ukrainian ends, soldiers as well as civilians. Hordes of civilians have fled, while more of them are fleeing the country, which is thrown in a state of War. The loss of human life and resources is appalling.
The Escalation of Russia-Ukraine Crisis
While the initiation of the conflict goes way back to the “Warsaw Pact” and “NATO“, the current war scenario between Russia and Ukraine was initiated with Ukraine’s interactions with NATO and the possible breaking of the “Minsk Agreement“.
In November 2021, a satellite image showed Russian troops building up along the borders of Ukraine. Following a threat of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden got into a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin where he mentioned imposing sanctions if Russian forces enter Ukraine.
Russia then demanded NATO to deny membership to Ukraine and other ex-soviet countries. Kremlin even demanded that NATO stop all its military activities in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. China also demanded the US to pay heed to the legitimate security concerns Russia faces due to NATO’s activities.
Early February The Pentagon deployed troops in Poland as well as other parts of Europe. Putin was still in denial about any plans to invade Ukraine while the tensions increased. On February 24th Putin declared war on Ukraine and the Russian military began a full-scale invasion of the country.
Even as violence raged around key Ukrainian cities and Russian President Vladimir Putin dealt with the consequences from Western sanctions, Russian and Ukrainian officials were slated to meet for talks on Monday.
Ukraine has stated that it will strive for an immediate ceasefire and Russian soldiers to leave the country. Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov was among the members of the delegation for the talks.
Tensions rose even higher on Sunday when Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be placed on high alert, a move that occurred as his invasion seemed to have failed to go as planned.
Ukraine’s soldiers have stalled Russia’s advance and continue to retain the capital, Kyiv, as well as the cities of Kharkiv, close the Russian border, and Chernihiv, where significant fighting occurred, according to a tweet from the British Ministry of Defense on Monday morning.
The Human Suffering of the War
According to the UN, more than half a million people have fled their homes to escape the war in Ukraine. People from Ukraine as well as multiple countries have been seeking shelters in bunkers and underground basements.
A number of civilians lost their lives in the continuous shelling by Russia. There have been records of more than 100 civilians dead, including women and children of all ages, while more than 500 were injured.
Wars lead to huge impacts on the country’s finances, due to the loss of properties, assets and even resources. The damage to the cities as well as the environment leaves a massive impact and can take decades to rebuild and rehabilitate.
The war also led to the Global Stock Market crashing and soaring in the prices of Gold and Oil. The involvement of multiple countries and their different stances could even lead to a full-scale World War III which would definitely result in a major humanitarian catastrophe.
Hopefully, the leaders of both countries could reach a mutual agreement and put an end to the war.