Russia Ukraine Crisis

As this Russia Ukraine Crisis Continues, the U.S. and other countries are trying to find a solution to end the Russian invasion. After denying for weeks he planned to invade, Putin argued that the West left him no other choice. Russian troops descended on Ukraine’s capital today, with gunfire and explosions coming closer to the government quarter. Russia claims to want to work things out with Ukraine despite increasing signs that Russia may be seeking to overthrow Ukraine’s government. Ukrainian officials reported at least 137 deaths on the Ukrainian side and hundreds on Russia’s. Russian authorities released no casualty figures. U.N. officials reported 100,000 people were believed to have left their homes and estimated up to 4 million could flee if the fighting escalates. NATO leaders called an urgent meeting to discuss how to challenge Putin without physically engaging Russian forces. U.S. diplomats have been in intense talks with dozens of other diplomats from across the world in hopes to gain backing for the U.N. regarding the resolution of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

U.N. Resolution for Russia Ukraine Crisis

The draft of the U.N. resolution for the Russia Ukraine Crisis demands the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine. Pushed by the U.S., it is expected to go before the Security Council in Friday’s session, where Russia, one of five permanent members of the group, is certain to veto it. One senior administration official has said, “they will underscore their isolation. The resolution condemns, in the strongest terms possible, Russia’s aggression, invasion and violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.” Once Russia vetoes the resolution, the U.S. will attempt to put it before the full 193-member General Assembly, where a simple majority is needed to pass.  Rallying that majority has been a difficult task for American diplomats. Many countries fear Putin or rely on Russian energy exports or trade, and hesitate siding with Washington against Moscow. 

Will US Gain Support In Russia Ukraine Crisis? 

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, as well as other officials, have attempted to gain support from many nations, including Portugal, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. India, for example, has historic ties with Moscow, but New Delhi has recently built a significant defense and diplomatic partnership with Washington. During a Security Council session India’s representative called for de-escalation but did not condemn Moscow, despite Ukraine’s ambassador to India, Igor Polikha, making a public plea to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak to Putin, in light of Delhi’s “special relationship” with Russia.

Russia Ukraine Crisis War

When asked if India and the U.S. were “fully in sync” on the crisis, President Biden said Thursday: “We haven’t resolved that completely.” Turkey, while a member of NATO, is another country that has mixed feelings about the wider global rivalry between the U.S. and Russia.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan immediately branded Russia’s invasion as “unacceptable.” But Turkey has developed a closer relationship with Russia in recent years. 

Ukraine Begs for Help Amid Russia Crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked Western powers to act faster to cut off Russia’s economy and provide Ukraine military help. “When bombs fall on Kyiv, it happens in Europe, not just in Ukraine,” he said. “When missiles kill our people, they kill all Europeans.” Zelenskyy’s offered to negotiate on one of Putin’s key demands: that Ukraine declare itself neutral and abandon its ambition of joining NATO. Russia says they are ready to send a delegation to Belarus to discuss that.

While many countries likely support the notion that Russia should leave Ukraine, they can’t publicly support that. Will the United States be able to gain support from other Nations in NATO? What will happen to the people of the Ukraine if they don’t? Will we start seeing a surge of immigration from the Ukraine? Should the United States physically stop Russia, or continue to attempt to handle this Russia Ukraine Crisis diplomatically? 

Written by: Erinn Malloy

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