Determining The Future Of Ukraine
Back in February, the people of Ukraine started violent protests in order to form a revolution against former President Viktor Yanukovych, who turned down support from the European Union to accept Russian support. As a result of ousting Yanukovych, Russian President Vladimir Putin felt an obligation to address the Kremlin on the matter, stating that Ukraine was reduced to anarchy, which justified the invasion of the Crimean peninsula. This invasion was initially peaceful since the majority of eastern Ukraine speaks Russian and supports Russia, but bloodshed soon followed.
That brings us to today, two and a half months after the initial invasion, which has procured even more disturbing news. Jews in eastern Ukraine are so concerned over their safety after last week’s alleged anti-Semitic incidents that they are seeking advice on repatriation to Israel. This follows fears over a leaflet distributed in the city of Donetsk, which demanded that people over 16 of Jewish origin should register with the authorities, a sinister development that smacked of the Nazi-era. It has since been branded a fake by the pro-Russian separatists it claims to represent as well as one of the city’s rabbis. However, some local Jews are also concerned about a Russian invasion, with tens of thousands of troops within striking distance of the Ukrainian frontier, said Alexander Ivanchenko, who runs Sohnut, an organization that helps people reach Israel and establish a home there. This information was found in an article posted by Will Stewart of the Daily Mail.
Donetsk also recently established itself as an independent sovereign nation with a functioning constitution, which leaves a lot of speculation as to how the whole Ukraine crisis will be resolved in a peaceful manner since Donetsk has set the precedent for establishing themselves outside of Ukraine and Russia. During this weekend, the Ukrainian government called a ceasefire for Passover, but that was breached very quickly. According to the Washington Post, “just hours after Ukraine’s government declared an Easter truce, a gunfight erupted early Sunday, leaving three people dead at a checkpoint manned by a pro-Russia militia outside this restive city in eastern Ukraine.”
Like I said in my last article, the scariest aspect of the situation in Ukraine is not knowing Vladimir Putin’s overall intentions since Russia is now expanding well outside of Crimea. “President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union, and every day he goes further and further, and God knows where is the final destination,” Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, declared on NBC’s Meet the Press. The United States informs that about 40,000 Russian troops are gathered along Russia’s and Ukraine’s border. Citizens of Ukraine fear for their life every day because they do not know if Russia will invade their city next.
Rebel groups will not back down without bloodshed, which pervades any effort to establish peace within the region. This takes us to the United States and what we plan on doing to show our support for anti-Russian groups. According to Reuters, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently arrived in Kiev, where he is expected to announce a package of technical assistance. The visit is likely to be more important as a symbol of support than for any specific promises Biden makes in public. “He will call for urgent implementation of the agreement reached in Geneva last week while also making clear that there will be mounting costs for Russia if they choose a destabilizing rather than constructive course in the days ahead,” a senior administration official told reporters.
Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States signed off on the agreement in Geneva on Thursday, which is designed to lower tension in the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War. The agreement calls for occupied buildings to be vacated under the auspices of envoys from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Eurpro-Russian groups in east and west Ukraine. There is a very deep divide between the people of Ukraine, and the more that outside forces intervene the more likely that violence will escalate.
The crisis in Ukraine is simply turning into a giant proxy war between the United States and Russia, so you may be asking yourself: Could World War III be developing in the Balkans? I made this bold claim the very moment that Russia invaded, and it seems to be becoming clear that this has that type of potential to turn the whole world into a dark abyss. The tricky part of the whole situation is the world economy. The United States is touting tough economic sanctions, but they cannot do that much damage to the Russian economy because Russia provides the European Union practically all of their energy through natural gas. If Russia’s economy goes down, then Europe’s economy follows close behind, and with that the world economy, so now it is just a waiting game. The future of Ukraine is very tenuous as Russia dangles Damocles sword over the entire region. Stay tuned for updates on this issue before the school year is up because sometime in the near future we could see Western occupation of Ukraine.ope. These efforts to promote peace are proving futile against violent, anti-Russian and