Russia and Ukraine on the Verge of Conflict

Russia and Ukraine on the Verge of Conflict

Litzy Marin, Junior

The past few weeks have seen tensions between Ukraine and Russia reach highs that have not been seen since early 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, a region that belonged to Ukraine. 

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has been placing troops near the Ukrainian border, which led to suspicions of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.  

For years, Russia has made efforts to get ahold of Ukraine after they claimed independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Putin’s actions are influenced by the fact he will not tolerate Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). If Ukraine were to ally with NATO, Russia would have minimal chances of benefiting from their country’s imports of goods. 

AP United States history teacher, Mr. Padilla gave his insights on the situation: “One; Putin is trying to bring back the cold war. Two; he’s trying to expand the Russian Territory with excuses that are not real. Three; I think the US right now has no choice but to support the Ukrainians.” 

Science and AP environmental science teacher, Mr. Padilla had similar thoughts about the incidents. “Russia is afraid of NATO and Ukraine wants to join NATO. NATO initially began to break apart the Soviet Union, in which they were partially successful. The Russians hold this against the United States, as they encouraged other countries to join the organization who were a threat to Russia.” 

As of mid-February, no official declaration of war has been made by Putin or any other political figure; however, it is most likely that if conflict were to break out, world powers such as the United States will choose sides.