What happened between Ukraine and Russia?: We explain

Since a few weeks, Ukraine and Russia being in the middle of a conversation after Vladimir PutinPresident of Russia decided to conduct “military training” on the border with the country. And while at the beginning he reassures that this is just a “practice”, after admitting independence Donetsk and Luganskregion UkraineFull military offensive against the country has begun.

Attack of Russia it has started by air, land and sea, and has been described as destruction for a democracy of 44 million people. Some pointed out that this could compromise safety and structure Europe, in addition to the fact that it could promote another military confrontation. This is called an invasion and it can end with Ukraine merged with Russian territory, as it did with Crimea in 2014, when it was annexed.

Why did Vladimir Putin attack Ukraine?

Just before the attack began, the President Putin gave a message on TV stating that Russia can’t feel “safe, thrive, and exist” because of what he calls constant threats Ukraine. He also pointed out that it was to protect the citizens of the territory he had recognized as an independent country, Donetsk and Lugansk.

As the BBC puts it: “Many of the arguments are wrong or irrational”, and he insists that his aim is to protect people who are the targets of attacks and genocide by pursuing the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine. This reference to the Nazis is striking since the current president Volodymr Zelensky he’s a jew. Likewise, in Ukraine military genocide has not been committed.

On the other hand, Putin has suggested that Ukraine has been taken over by extremists. This is since in 2014 pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych he was dismissed amid protests against his government. In reply, Russia attach part of Crimeawhich resulted in a separatist insurgency supported by Russiasparked a war that has claimed about 13,000 lives.

Similarly, for several years now, Ukraine has been seeking protection from the European Union by joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Putin accused the organization of threatening “our historical future as a nation” and from 2021 began moving large numbers of troops to Ukraine’s borders.

Although he assured that his actions were innocent and rehearsed, even pointing out that there was paranoia on the part of the United States – which had been closely watching his actions, imposed sanctions on Russia– On February 24, the attack officially begins. It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 troops currently active and Putin has signed a decree allowing military bases to be established in the territory he recently recognized as independent.

Jordan Schuman

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