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By Jenevieve Monroe
Diplomatic efforts fell short late February when Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed the independence of two separatist regions in Eastern Ukraine. Several rounds of negotiations between envoys from Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany did little to amend the broken Minsk Peace Deal, an agreement that eased tensions between the two countries after the 2014 war in the Donbas region of Ukraine.
Putin’s most recent military actions came after multiple videos were released by seperatist leaders in Ukraine, including calls for evacuation due to alleged Ukrainian “aggression” being imposed against separatist regions. Several days after the first video, seperatist leaders posted another statement asking Russia to recognize their regions’ independence and respond to the alleged “aggression”.
NATO and the United States have spoken out against these videos as a fabricated pretext for Russia to invade and reclaim the post-Soviet state. According to TIME Magazine, the data embedded in the video showed their speeches to be pre-recorded two days prior to its release, while the region was still calm.
This has resulted in a global divide: NATO alongside other world leaders have taken action by imposing economic sanctions against Russia and aiding billions of dollars to Ukraine’s humanitarian aid and economy. An international wave of condemnation hits Russia from Europe, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and many others with China being the exception.
These sanctions aim to motivate the Russian government to stop it’s invasion and prioritize the country's independence. Economic devastation or global conflict awaits the world should Putin continue Westward. If Putin succeeds in conquering Ukraine and occupying Belarus, Russian forces will have access to several key borders of Europe. The uncertainty of these conditions would make defending NATO’s Eastern countries, including the Baltic nations, significantly harder. As Ukrainian citizens struggle to flee Eastward, global leaders band together for the unknown conflict ahead.
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