Aside from the COVID-19 crisis happening all over the world, there is something more serious than fighting with the virus – a war. Right now, there is a rising tension between Russia and its neighboring country Ukraine. And as of the latest updates, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation to invade and attack Ukraine.
Explosions were heard in the Ukraine capital of Kyiv after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement, signaling what appears to be the beginning of war in Europe.
Why Did Russia Attack Ukraine?
Even before, tensions have been building up between Russia and Ukraine, which used to be a Soviet state. In early 2021, the crisis between Russia and Ukraine was getting out of control. One factor that triggered this war was when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy encouraged US President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine to join NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
This action angered Russia, so they started sending troops to the Ukraine border in spring and autumn last year. In December, the US started hyping up the Russian troop deployment. Then, President Joe Biden warned Russia that it would face severe sanctions if it invaded Ukraine.
In fact, this is not the first time Russia and Ukraine have reached their boiling point. In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine when President Putin has backed up rebels, seized Eastern Ukraine, and fought with its army. During that time, Russia has annexed Crimea.
So what will happen now?
Unfortunately, Russia has announced a full military operation and began its attacks on Ukraine. But, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that their actions respond to threats coming from Ukraine.
Also, President Putin cleared that Russia doesn’t aim to occupy Ukraine, and the bloodshed is the fruit of the Ukrainian regime. In addition. President Putin warned other countries that they should not interfere with Russian actions that would lead to consequences that we have never seen before.