Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing war, primarily involving Russia, Pro-Russian forces and Belarus on one side and Ukraine and its international supporters, on the other. Russia began a full scale invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022, in an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian war that began in 2014. Since World War II, this invasion is the largest conventional military attack on a sovereign state in Europe.
REASONS BEHIND RUSSO-UKRAINIAN WAR EXPLAINED
Russia wants West to keep Ukraine and other former Soviet Nations out of NATO ( North Atlantic Treaty Organization ), halt weapons deployment near Russian borders and roll back forces from Eastern Europe. However, Ukraine wants to join NATO. Russia thinks if Ukraine is allowed to join NATO, the group would not only move closer to Russian border but would become eligible to get support from the group’s members in case of external attacks. Moreover, Russia believes Ukraine could attempt to take back Crima, if it joins NATO.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lost control of the 14 former Republics, including Ukraine. Russia demands the West to stay out of Ukraine as Putin wants to restore Moscow’s influence throughout the post-Soviet space. The Russian President hence demands guarantees from the West and Ukraine that it will not join, and that Ukraine demilitarise and become a neutral state.
RUSSO-UKRAINIAN CONFLICT – INVASION
In 2021 and early 2022, there was a major Russian military build-up around Ukraine’s borders. NATO blamed Russia of planning an invasion, which it firmly denied. Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the enlargement of NATO as a threat to his country and demanded Ukraine be barred from joining the Military alliance. On 21st February 2022, Russia officially recognized the two self-proclaimed separatist states in the Donbas and sent troops to the territories. Three days later, Russia invaded Ukraine, after Putin announced a “a special military operation.”
RUSSO UKRANIAN WAR CASUALTIES
Casualties in the Russo-Ukrainian War included six deaths during the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and thousands of deaths of civilian and military forces during the war in Donbas and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Ukrainian Government source, more than 636 civilians have been killed within the period of 24th February to 14th March. The total number of deaths in the Russo-Ukrainian War 2022 is at least 13,000. Number of people with near-fatal injuries is approximately 1.8 thousand.
THE WAR : INTERNATIONAL REACTION
The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, has received flak from nations all across the globe. As a result of the Russo Ukrainian war, the world is in an upheaval. This move on Russia’s part has received widespread international condemnation . Moreover this includes new sanctions imposed on Russia, triggering a Russian financial crisis. The invasion led to widespread boycott of Russia and Belarus in the areas of entertainment, media, business and sport. Many countries have raised concern for the safe exit and return of the citizens of those respective countries.
During the fourth round of talks on Monday, Ukraine demanded an ‘immediate’ ceasefire. Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Kyiv’s negotiators were pushing for direct talks with Putin, news agency DW reported. The talk paused on Monday and will continue on Tuesday, one of Ukraine’s negotiators said on Twitter. “A technical pause had taken to negotiations until tomorrow. For additional work in the working subgroups and clarification of individual definitions. Negotiations continue,” said negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak.
Meanwhile, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson has said assertions from US officials that Russia asked Beijing for military equipment for its campaign in Ukraine were “disinformation” from the United States. The comments came during a regular Chinese foreign ministry briefing in Beijing, Reuters reported.
Irrespective of color, creed and nationality . However almost every individual on earth is wishing for the The Russo Ukrainian war to end. However recently Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine said that he is no longer pressing for NATO membership for Ukraine . Moreover this is a delicate issue, that was one of Russia’s reasons for invading Ukraine.