Russia Vs Ukraine: World War 3 or Not?
The Russia Vs Ukraine war is currently the most important news, and it’s keeping everyone on their toes. Everyone is worried if this conflict would lead to World War 3 or not. Hopefully, it won’t. For those who don’t really understand what’s going on, Let GraceSmartsBlog guide you back on track 😉
Russia already takes up one-eighth of all the inhabited land on our dear planet earth. Now, Russia has its eyes on one of its European neighbors, Ukraine. Historically, Ukraine and Russia have been in a conflict before. However, most recently, Russia annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula, Crimea, and then it backed a separatist rebellion in Eastern Ukraine. Now, Russia doesn’t want Ukraine to cozy up with NATO. It wants NATO out of Eastern Ukraine. Russia isn’t a member of NATO, so it’s not capable of making decisions like that, but Russia has. However, having one of the most powerful militaries globally puts Russia at an advantage, and Russia feels it can play by its own rules.
What Exactly Is NATO?
NATO is the abbreviation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30members: 27 European countries, 2 North American countries, and 1 Eurasian country, which was signed on 4th April 1949. The primary purpose of NATO is to guarantee the safety and freedom of its members by political and military means. NATO’s goal is to perform peace-keeping operations and ensure that no alliance member is invaded by an international military force. Like when Russia took Crimea from Ukraine.
Now Ukraine is not yet a member of NATO, but they have declared Interest in joining it, and that doesn’t sit well with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Putin is already worried that NATO is training the Ukrainian troops, and some members of NATO are supplying the Ukrainian army with weapons.
How Did Russia Handle The Situation?
Putin decided to go about it with persuasion. He’s threatening to start a war with a defense budget of $154 billion. Russia puts a lot of love and money into its military. The number of Russia’s recruits, tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery guns is unmatched by any other country in the world. Tap here to see the details. Russia is ranked as the 3rd most powerful country in the world, and according to global firepower rankings, Russia is ranked 2nd in the world.
Some people say that this whole war can be avoided If Ukraine declares that it will never join NATO. But is that actually the solution to the crisis?
We all know everything from Ukraine’s side… that Russia is attacking them. But think about this; Would a President declare war on a country just because the country wants to join an organization? I really don’t think so. I felt that there was more to it, and I decided to investigate the whole issue.
I had a chat with a lady, born and raised in Russia and what she told me was pretty surprising. She said:
“I am very disappointed in the way the whole world has turned against the Russian people.
The problem is that since 2014, Ukraine has been shelling residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since mostly Russian people who disagreed with Ukraine’s policy live there. For eight years, they tried to secede from Ukraine, but they were simply killed and smashed cities throughout this time. Now Russia has recognized the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk. Really terrible things happened there: Ukrainian soldiers shot children’s beaches, raped girls, killed everyone in a row. But the world, for some reason, preferred not to notice it. And now, when Russia has recognized the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk and begun to defend them, the whole world has abruptly decided that Russia is the enemy and that all Russians want the destruction of Ukraine. But it’s not”
Russia Vs Ukraine
By air, land, and sea, Russia has launched a devastating attack on Ukraine, a European democracy of 44 million people, and its forces are on the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv. For months, President Vladimir Putin denied that he would invade his Ukraine. Still, late in 2021, Russia began deploying a significant number of troops close to Ukraine’s borders while repeatedly denying it was going to attack. Then-President Putin scrapped a 2015 peace deal for the east and recognized areas under rebel control as independent, but then he tore up a peace deal, sending forces across borders in Ukraine’s north, east, and south.
As the number of dead people climbs, President Putin stands accused of shattering the peace in Europe. President Putin claimed his goal was to protect people subjected to bullying and genocide and aim for the “de-militarization and de-Nazification” of Ukraine. However, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said, “How could I be Nazi?” and likened Russia’s onslaught to Nazi Germany’s invasion in World War Two. Ukraine’s chief rabbi and the Auschwitz Memorial have also rejected Mr. Putin’s slur. Russia has long resisted Ukraine’s move towards the European Union and the West’s defensive military alliance, NATO. Announcing Russia’s invasion, he accused NATO of threatening “our historic future as a nation.”
Waging war isn’t the solution to this problem but the only thing we can do is to pray for the countries involved and hope for the best.