Invasion

Radwan Khan, Writer/Editor

On Feb. 24 Russia began their invasion of Ukraine.

This is not the first time Russia has invaded Ukraine. In 2014, Russia previously invaded Ukraine “to ensure proper conditions for the people of Crimea to be able to freely express their will,” however, Ukraine and other nations argue that such intervention is a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. 

“I do believe Russia will invade Ukraine in the near future. Fairly recently the US shut down the embassy in Ukraine and pulled back it’s workers back to the US,” junior Dylan Osterhout said. “I think this is a significant clue as to whether or not the invasion will happen.”

In response to Russia’s military action into Ukraine, Germany has halted its natural gas pipeline connecting Germany to Russia.

“It all depends on how these countries and Ukraine allies decide to react,’’ sophomore Blanca Ruiz said. “There are risks because most of Europe as well depends on Russia’s natural gas. Would [Europe] really want to mess with Russia knowing they need Russia’s gas.”

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin was reported saying “There will be no winners.” If Ukraine were able to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

“It should be up to the Ukraine to decide with which nations it wants to align. It is not the business of Russia,” History Teacher Wendell Johnson said.

 

Putin’s invasion may not stop at Ukraine and might go after other post-soviet countries; however, the difference is that some post-soviet countries are NATO members. The United States and NATO have no legal responsibility to defend Ukraine, but if Russia does plan on invading post-soviet NATO countries such as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. It could lead to a World War situation.

“I hope that it will not cause a World War. I do not think that Russia is ready for a full scale World war,” Johnson said. 

How Ukrainian and Russian tensions will resolve tensions remains uncertain.  

“I hope that it will not cause a  World War. I do not think that Russia is ready for a full scale World war

“I hope tensions between the two will resolve but it does not seem likely,” Osterhout said. “The two countries have had a history of conflict and if that history shows us anything is that it generally does not end in a peaceful resolution.”