“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people” by Howard Zinn.
On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in full force in the name of peacekeeping. It caused Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with around 7.3 million Ukrainians fleeing the country and displacing a third of the population. The whole invasion is for Donetsk and Luhansk. They lay on the Russian border. They are controlled by separatists, which means they are not under the Ukrainian government’s control.
The roots of this whole mess lie way back to 2014 when Russia occupied Crimea, and these two areas were broken apart from Ukraine under the force of Russia. These separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic then called themselves independent countries.
The Minsk Agreement was signed in 2015 to maintain peace and harmony in these areas by giving special status to this region. But Putin said that Russia considers those areas independent countries and caused the Minsk Agreement to be Null and void.
To understand this, we have to look at the big picture. Since the Soviet Union broke apart, Russia is following the same first invading and then supporting the separatist areas strategy to win back the lost lands. For example, Crimea and about 20% of Georgia are under Russian occupation. If such imperialism isn’t stopped, someday or even we will be under attack too.
As we know, the Russian army is the 5th biggest army in the world, so we can clearly interpret that Ukraine is nothing in front of it, but the Ukrainians wouldn’t give up easily. They are ready to fight to the bitter end if anything happens. This is the true spirit of nationalism. They will not give up on their country, irrespective of how small their army is. Their courage to fight back is big enough for Russia.
However, no argument can justify the horrific act laid by the Russian government if they haven’t learned anything from the past two world wars. No land is worth more than the lives of innocent people.
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”- Mahatma Gandhi.
By Nishu Mangal