Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has global impact – The Prospector
After months of uncertainty, Russia invaded Ukraine early in the morning of Thursday February 24, firing a series of missiles near Kiev and Kharkiv.
“Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war,” US President Joe Biden said on February 24 via Twitter.
The invasion began minutes after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on national television announcing his decision to carry out a “special military operation” and denying any intention to occupy Ukrainian territories.
According to a CNN report, Putin also claimed to be carrying out a military operation to protect those subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime.
“Allegations of genocide and denazification as the goal of invading Ukraine are nothing but misinformation,” said Leslie Waters, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at UTEP. “But what’s based on, I guess, is the fact that Russian speakers in Ukraine can often feel less represented by their government than Ukrainian speakers, but obviously that’s not genocide.”
During his speech, Putin tried to encourage the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms and warned of the consequences if any country intervened.
“Anyone who tries to interfere with us, and even more so, to create threats for our country, for our people, must know that Russia’s response will be immediate and will lead you to such consequences as you have never experienced in your story,” Putin said. noted.
The invasion comes after the Russian military presence has intensified across the Ukrainian border over the weeks with more than 190,000 troops.
Russia attacked from three sides and focused on targeting airports and seaports, forcing thousands of families to leave the country to seek shelter or hide in underground train stations to escape the Russian onslaught.
“The next few days, weeks and months will be difficult for the people of Ukraine,” Biden said via Twitter. “Putin unleashed great pain on them. But the people of Ukraine have enjoyed 30 years of independence – and they have shown that they will not tolerate anyone who tries to set their country back.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded in a video on Facebook, saying Ukraine would fight back to protect its people and their freedom.
“Putin started the war against Ukraine, against the whole democratic world. He wants to destroy my country, our country, everything we have built, everything we live for,” Zelenskyy said.
Ukraine announced that all men between the ages of 18 and 60 were banned from leaving the country and urged them to join the army to fight Russian troops.
Biden announced sanctions that will be implemented and will have a profound impact on Russia’s economy and financial system by targeting Russia’s biggest banks, Russian elites and their families, and putting in place export controls on certain technologies.
“The Russian economy has already faced increased pressure in recent weeks; even today, its stock market fell to its lowest level in four and a half years, and the ruble weakened beyond its lowest daily settlement price on record – even before additional sanctions arrived. be imposed,” the Biden administration said in a statement from the White House. “With these tough new measures, these pressures will further build up and suppress Russia’s economic growth, raise its borrowing costs, increase inflation, intensify capital outflows and erode its industrial base.”
The United States and its allies, who are members of NATO, are implementing sanctions against Russia to suppress Russia’s economic growth.
“It’s actually going to hurt citizens rather than leaders,” said Gaspare Genna, Ph.D., professor and chair of the political science department at UTEP. “Which means leaders can use it as a tool to galvanize against the people imposing the sanctions.”
Although the sanctions implemented by the United States and the European Union against Russia are long-term, UTEP professor of economics and finance Thomas Fullerton, Ph.D., said that these sanctions could also lead to shortages of agricultural, steel and manufactured products.
“War can interfere with the planting seasons of many crops and lead to higher world prices for wheat, corn, cabbage, barley and peas,” Fullerton said. “Additional supply chain disruptions may arise for steel and other manufactured goods. Disruptions in financial markets for commodities, stocks, bonds and currencies are also problematic. strengthened in recent days due to its status as a safe haven currency.
Ukraine was once part of the Soviet Union but became independent when it collapsed in 1991. Putin says Ukraine is part of Russia’s history and culture and considers it s It is a “hostile act” if Ukraine joins NATO.
“We claim, rightly, that Putin violated international law and international norms by doing what he did, and he did it,” Genna said. “So, therefore, for the United States to actually intervene, it would have to do so in accordance with international law.”
Ukraine is not part of NATO and therefore the United States and other European countries cannot intervene in the war unless Russia attacks one of the NATO members.
“Today I met with other leaders from our NATO allies and spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy,” Biden said in a statement. “The United States continues to provide economic, humanitarian and security support – and we continue to rally other countries to provide similar assistance.”
Genna thinks diplomacy has never been a viable option for Russia and the West.
“The only way diplomacy would have worked is if the West gave in to all of its demands,” Genna said. “NATO will never accept not only Ukraine, but also Finland and Sweden as NATO members. He should fully recognize that all of Eastern Europe is part of the Russian sphere of influence.
Genna also said China could become an ally of Russia, if needed, by providing military and financial assistance.
“He also has a common interest, just like Putin said Ukraine was either old Russia or greater Russia or whatever,” Genna said. “China has a long-standing claim on Taiwan, and they want Taiwan integrated diplomatically and that’s what they tried to do with Putin, trying to convince him to do it diplomatically.”
As of Saturday February 26, The Guardian reported that 198 Ukrainians had been killed, including three children, and 1,115 Ukrainian citizens had been injured, according to Viktor Liashko, Ukraine’s health minister.
Former President Donald Trump praised Putin on Feb. 24 for his “smart” actions and called Zelenskyy “brave” at a fundraiser in Florida.
“It’s dangerous because he still has a lot of leverage in the Republican Party,” Genna said. “According to the latest polls, there is probably a good chance that the Republican Party will take control in Congress with a very strong pro-Trump contingency caucus, which then means that any chance of gaining Congressional approval for anything kind of military actions is probably lost out the window.”
According to NPR, a series of protests have taken place around the world, including in Russia, showing solidarity with Ukraine and condemning Putin’s decision. Hundreds of Russian protesters were arrested.
“I think what’s really important right now is that this was a totally unprovoked attack on a sovereign country,” Waters said.
Victoria Rivas is the arts and culture editor and can be contacted at [email protected]; @VicRivas_18 on Twitter.