Russia strikes back, yes, it started by invading Ukraine, we all know about the Russo-Ukrainian war, with all its power Russia is trying to assemble as the most powerful ever. The first moves to invasion were Russia destroying all Ukrainian air ports and military setups hence Ukrainian air force never came into action. By air, land, and sea, it really has surrounded Ukraine and its capital, Kyiv. Is there any escape? and does Ukraine stand a chance? It is very apparent that Russia has more military firepower than Ukraine, covering the land, air and sea. Russia has more active military personnel, even greater number of navy personnel, a lot more warships and submarines as compared to Ukraine’s. Yes, even the Russian army is double than that of Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin who actually has denied he would invade his neighbour, now stands accused of shattering peace in Europe. Talking about its first target, Ukraine, the modern state of Ukraine was formed in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It can also be said the nation might be Russia’s so thought an easy target to start with which would not be able to handle the aggression being a peaceful country.
And will NATO and USA stay silent? Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have met Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with outrage, deploying thousands of troops to Eastern Europe to protect their alliance members. Both NATO and USA even after taking the decision to not fight for Ukraine right now, won’t hesitate to become a part of this Russo-Ukrainian war if a NATO member is attacked. NATO will continue to send weapons to Ukraine, including air defence, though it did not commit to sending troops to the nation.
Apart from this, the thesis of this war plays a major role by giving us clear-cut image of the build-up of it. On 20th February, The Chinese winter Olympics ended and just the day after Putin marks up two independent states in Ukraine. On 24th February there are high attacks and all this happens when his army was ready to attack since months. It isn’t mere coincidence but all a planned war, this also gives a hidden nuance on the depth of the
China-Russia relations .
The two countries signed the Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation in 2001, which was renewed in June 2021. They have enjoyed close relations militarily, economically, and politically, while supporting each other on various global issues. Russian commentators have increasingly raised concerns about China's ambitions and influence in Central Asia, which had historically been under the influence of Russia.
Furthermore, talking about sanctions, they are commercial and financial penalties applied by one or more countries against a targeted self-governing state. International sanctions have been imposed during the Russo-Ukrainian War by a large number of countries against Russia and Crimea after the heated Russian invasion of Ukraine, The sanctions were imposed by the United States, the European Union and other countries and international organisations against individuals, businesses and officials from Russia and Ukraine. They continue to be in effect as of February 2022. The sanctions contributed to the collapse of the Russian rouble and the Russian financial crisis.
Another question that arises is, what are Putin’s future plans about Ukraine?
Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine to acknowledge the change in Crimea's status and, as a result, the rest of the world to acknowledge it as well. All other countries would have no cause to oppose Russia's jurisdiction over Crimea if a legitimate administration in Ukraine did not do so.
Second, He would like Ukraine to become a friendly, allied state within Russia’s sphere of influence. And third, he would like the West, particularly the United States, to acknowledge Russia’s special status, and he would seek the lifting of most, if not all, sanctions imposed on Russia. He certainly has other objectives too, such as those related to his domestic politics.
There is no realistic scenario in which the Ukrainian army could successfully resist a large-scale Russian invasion for a long time without assistance from NATO member states. Inevitable failures on the front lines would empower all the forces leading to the weakening of Ukraine.
As a concluding note, we are well aware that USSR was the strongest nation of its time, but change is the only constant, and countries like US and China are ahead now in every aspect but to reclaim its crown, Russia is now again trying to unite all its broken organs and come back up as the greatest ever.