World is on alert after Ukrainian attack on Russian territory
Abhishek Pratap April 16, 2022NewsComments Off on World is on alert after Ukrainian attack on Russian territory16 Views
The world is closely following the unfolding of the war in Eastern Europe, after the recent Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory. The main concern is defense and waiting for how Russian President Vladimir Putin will react.
Most care departs from Europe and the United States. US President Joe Biden is considering, according to the White House, sending a representative to the conflict.
Portugal and Canada have already announced that they will send troops to Eastern Europe. A sign of a worsening crisis in the conflict zone.
Initially, Poland and Romania, countries that border Ukraine, will receive the soldiers. They will assist in the reception of refugees in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission.
Tensions in Eastern Europe rose again after new Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory. The country led by Vladimir Putin, who had promised a truce to Kiev, has signaled that it will resume bombing the capital.
More than 20 buildings and a school were targeted by Ukrainian missiles. The attacked region is in Belgorod, in southeastern Russia, close to the border between the two countries. The information was released this Friday (15/4) by the Russian news agency Tass.
The troubled relationship between Russia and Ukraine, which triggered armed conflict, has the world on alert for a possible major war.Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images
The confusion, however, does not come from today. In addition to the dispute for economic and geopolitical influence, a historical context that relates to the 19th century may explain the conflict. Agustavop/ Getty Images
Ukraine’s strategic location, between Russia and the eastern part of Europe, has served as a security zone for the former USSR for years. For this reason, the Russians consider it essential to maintain influence over the neighboring country, to avoid advances by possible adversaries in that place.pawel.gaul/Getty Images
This is because the large Ukrainian territory prevents successful military attacks against the Russian capital. A Ukraine allied with Russia leaves possible enemies coming from Europe more than 1,500 km from Moscow. An opposing Ukraine, however, narrows the distance to just over 600 kmGetty Images
Sensing Ukraine’s interest in joining NATO, which is led by the United States, and being part of the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to attack the country if the Ukrainians did not give up on the idea.André Borges/Esp. metropolises
One of Putin’s demands, therefore, is for the West to ensure that Ukraine does not join the US-led organization. For Russians, NATO’s presence and support for Ukrainians constitute threats to the country’s security.Poca/Getty Images
Russia began military training with ally Belarus, which borders Ukraine, and invaded Ukrainian territory on February 24.Kutay Tanir/Getty Images
On the other hand, NATO, made up of 30 countries, reinforced its presence in Eastern Europe and placed military installations on alert. NATO/Disclosure
Despite gaining the spotlight in recent weeks, the new chapter of the standoff between the two nations was restarted at the end of 2021, when Putin deployed 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine. The two countries, which were once part of the Soviet Union, have an old dispute over territory.AFP
In addition, for the Ukrainian government, the conflict is a kind of continuation of the Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula, which took place in 2014 and caused more than 10,000 deaths. At the time, Moscow took advantage of a political crisis in the neighboring country and the strong presence of Russians in the region to incorporate it into its territory.Elena Aleksandrovna Ermakova/ Getty Images
Since then, Ukrainians have accused the Russians of using hybrid warfare tactics to constantly destabilize the country and fund separatist groups that undermine state sovereignty.Will & Deni McIntyre/Getty Images
The conflict, which began on February 24, is already impacting the entire world economically. In Western Europe, for example, countries fear the interruption of natural gas supply, which is essential for many of them.Vostok / Getty Images
Although Brazil does not have such relevant economic ties with the two nations, it could be affected by the likely spike in oil prices. Vinícius Schmidt/Metropolis
Ukraine has admitted that it expects reprisals. President Volodymyr Zelensky even warned of the possibility of Putin using nuclear weapons. “Not just me, I think everybody, every country has to be concerned,” he stressed.
The escalation of violence is also influenced by the sinking of the military ship Moskva, the largest Russian warship in the Dead Sea. Ukraine claimed the attack.
The UK Ministry of Defense said the sinking will force Russia to “review its maritime posture in the Black Sea”.
The Ukrainian government said seven civilians were killed and 27 wounded in a Russian attack on a bus carrying people from the eastern region of Kharkiv.
Ukraine accuses Russia of killing five civilians by attacking Mykolayv with cluster bombs. The city’s governor, Vitaliy Kim, said the bombing targeted non-combatants.
When triggered, this type of bomb releases projectiles at high speed in all directions. In addition to injuring and causing death, it causes a “psychological” effect, as it creates widespread panic.
Fighting continues in the port city of Mariupol, where Russian and Ukrainian troops clash over control of the site. Battles center around a steel mill and in the port area.
Russia admitted that it used long-range missiles to attack. It is the first time that this type of weapon is used in the city. The information was disclosed by the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, on Friday.
The Ukrainian government’s version is that Russian forces have not yet fully taken control of Mariupol. Russia says the opposite.