The Russia-Ukraine Conflict Is Heating Up
Updated: Feb 26, 2022
There’s heightening tensions in Europe. It is highly suspected that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. There’s been an ongoing conflict between the two countries since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea following a referendum in which Crimea supported joining the Russian Federation. Eventually, the Ukrainian Government waged all out war with Russia.
Russia claims they are not planning an invasion, however they have deployed 100,000 troops near Ukraine. The United States and their NATO allies are preparing for a possible war to erupt. Diplomatic meetings have been held in order to try to de-escalate tensions, but they have yet to do so. There are many possible reasons as to why Russia may be preparing to invade Ukraine.
One such reason is, according to the Kremlin, the Ukrainians haven’t kept their honor on a peace deal. The United States is preparing Ukraine with weaponry and defense. Russia has demands, they want those demands met. Russia does not want Ukraine to be a part of NATO. However, it is unclear whether these concessions will be made. Russian state media insists that they are starting to move troops away from Ukraine, however the intelligence of the United States & the United Kingdom says otherwise. The US and UK intelligence implies no pullout is happening.
The US Dept. of State has said that Secretary of State Blinken will soon meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “provided there is no further Russian invasion of Ukraine.”