Russia Invades Ukraine

Shawn Estabilio, Journalist

Following the transition of power in the Ukraine, the nations new leaders are claiming that Russia has declared war and is already in the process of invading. Ukrainian troops are being mobilized and the reserves are being called up in response to more than 100 unidentifiable troops in Crimea, an autonomous republic of Ukraine that borders Russia.

Speaking in a televised address from the parliament building in Kiev, the capital, Ukranian interim Prime Minister said “This is a red alert. This is actually a declaration of war to my country.” He also called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “…pull back his military and stick to the international obligations..”

U.S. Senator John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, spoke on the CBS program “Face The Nation” on the crisis. He called it an “incredible act of aggression.” He also stated that several nations are considering economic consequences for Russia if Russian troops aren’t withdrawn. Kerry would go on to say that said nations are “prepared to put sanctions in place,” and “they’re prepared to isolate Russia economically.”

This whole crisis is a result of the chaos following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Anti-government protests were frequent throughout the nation as a result from the former president spurning a deal with the EU. The former president instead chose to remain close to Russia instead. The nation became divided, the west wanting to join the EU while the East wanted to remain close to Russia. Even with Viktor Yanukovych ousted, the nation is still divided.

But the desire to remain close to Russia is strongest in Crimea, the area of conflict between Russia, Ukraine, and concern from the world.

Russia has sent troops, albeit troops bearing to Russian insignia, into Crimea. The Russian troops haven’t done any harm, however. They have only been deployed into the area so far. The troops have been deployed into Crimea in order to defend Russian citizens and military personal based in the region.

But just because the Russian troops aren’t harming anyone doesn’t Ukraine isn’t on edge. Ukrainian troops and reserve are ready on standby in case Russia escalates it’s military presence in Crimea.

For now, the situation in Crimea is tense, but no blood has been shed as of yet. Hopefully the situation will not escalate further.