Russia and Ukraine article

Written by: Corrigan Donaldson

Russia and Ukraine: History of a Conflict

Writer: Corrigan Donaldson

Many don’t know that Russia and Ukraine’s history stretches far back to the Second World War when Joseph Stalin was still the leader of the USSR and Leonid Kravchuk was in the leader position for Ukraine.

 

 During the second world war, Russia was struggling to stay afloat as it was going through a famine, and Ukraine was a land made of farms, a “breadbasket” if you want to call it that. And Russia took all the “bread” from the “basket” a.k.a  Ukraine, which caused a famine in Ukraine which resulted in anywhere from 3.5 to 5 million deaths.  After World War 2 Ukraine officially declared itself an independent country on 24 August 1991, when the communist Supreme Soviet (parliament) of Ukraine proclaimed that Ukraine would no longer follow the laws of the USSR. Since then a new, democratic constitution was adopted on June 28, 1996.

 

In 2014 Russia annexed Crimea and when several European countries started questioning Russia, Russian president  Putin responded “they were not happy being a part of Ukraine, they wanted to be a part of Russia, so we happily granted their wish”. After that, current Ukrainian  President Zelensky was elected and immediately started campaigning to join NATO, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (German News Agency).In April 2014, a chunk of western Ukraine, became the Donetsk Republic after Russian separatists revolted and got back up from the Russian military, and shortly after this Russian president, Putin recognized the republic as its own state. Several years later in 2022, Russia declared war on Ukraine and started marching through Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, and the northern part of Belarus. As of recently according to CNBC Russia has gained support from Belarus, a powerful ally on the northern border of Ukraine.

 

When asked how he felt about the war,  Jayden White said “Innocent people are being killed randomly, and there’s no reason to do all of this. I just really hope a truce comes.” 

 

When asked what he would say to President Zelensky, Jayden said, “That he’s  a great president and he’s been holding on and holding his ground, he’s a strong president who has joined his soldiers on the front lines, and he won’t even leave Ukraine, because he still believes they can win.”

 

 When asked about the whole situation, Wyatt  Sandstrom says the war “feels very unnecessary, It just still feels very random.”.

                                                 Image of Russian invasion Credit to iStock images

Creator: Beeldbewerking | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto, Copyright: Peter Hermus

 

Since the start of the war, Ukraine has held its ground and fought a valiant fight against Russia and has slowed the invasion greatly. As of most recently the Russian army has been bombarding the country and is planning to invade the eastern Donbas region soon according to the BBC news channel.