UPDATE ON THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA
CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA
Today lets talk about Ukraine and Russia’s conflict
Currently this is what has been bothering so many for the past few days, the crisis between Ukraine and Russia.
What actually is the cause of this war?
It might surprise you to know that Ukraine were actually part of Russia before they broke out.
A Brief History about Ukraine
The history of Ukrainian nationality can be traced back to the kingdom of Kievan Rus’ of the 9th to 12th centuries. It was the predecessor state to what would eventually become the Eastern Slavic nations of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.
Ukraine is located in the eastern part of Europe and the second largest on the continent after Russia.
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv(Kiev),located on the Dnieper River in North- Central Ukraine.
Initially Ukraine was formerly named the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic within the Soviet union.
Added by Germany as Reichskommissariat Ukraine during 1941-1944
When did Ukraine gain their Independence?
Officially Ukraine declared itself an independent country on the 24th of August 1991.
When the communist Supreme Soviet (parliament) of Ukraine proclaimed that Ukraine would no longer follow the laws of USSR and only the laws of the Ukrainian SSR, de facto declaring Ukraine’s independence from the soviet union.
Most critically, Russia has proved unable to secure air superiority over the tiny Ukrainian air force — despite having the second-largest air force in the world, Pentagon officials say. Its troops have yet to take control of any significant city or meaningful chunk of territory, a senior U.S. defense official said.
These scenes of humiliation have played out widely on social media, where the Ukrainians have won a clear advantage. Multiple videos from around the country have portrayed scenes of burned Russian tanks, dead Russian soldiers and captured Russians, some barely out of their teens, making plaintive calls home to their parents.
The Russian military has meanwhile issued little in the way of reporting on the Ukraine war, in contrast to the prolific reporting that came out of its intervention in Syria. A spokesman acknowledged that there had been Russian casualties and losses, while saying they were “many times less” than those suffered by Ukraine.
“Russian servicemen are showing courage and heroism while fulfilling combat tasks in the special military operation. Unfortunately, there are killed and injured among our comrades,” the state news agency Tass quoted military spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying. “The losses of the Russian Armed Forces are many times less than the number of servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces.”
E.U. bans Russian planes across its airspace
The European Union is banning all travel from Russian planes over its airspace in response to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Sunday.
“We are proposing a prohibition on all Russian-owned, Russian-registered or Russian-controlled aircraft,” von der Leyen said. “These aircraft will no more be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the E.U. This will apply to any plane owned, chartered or otherwise controlled by a Russian legal or natural person.”
The ban covers any aircraft privately owned by a Russian oligarch, von der Leyen added.
Individual European countries had previously prohibited various Russian aircraft from their airspace.
Ukraine agrees to talks with Russia
President Volodymyr Zelensky dispatched a delegation that included Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and other key officials, including a close adviser to the president and the deputy foreign minister. But the sides seemed far apart: the Ukrainians would demand an immediate cease fire and the withdrawal of Russian troops, according to Zelenky’s office. The Kremlin had said it was willing to talk — on the condition that Ukraine “demilitarize and DE nazify,” making it clear it expected Ukraine’s capitulation.
Russian and Ukrainian delegations began talks Monday for the first time as Russia’s multi-front assault on the country entered its fifth day, as casualties in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mounted and tensions between Moscow and NATO escalated dangerously. They met near the border with Belarus as the U.S. and Western countries sought to tighten their financial stranglehold on Russia’s banking system and the continuing stream of refugees pouring into neighboring countries rose to more than half a million, according to a United Nations agency.