Conflict in Ukraine
The conflict in Ukraine has been going on for several months now and has reached an escalation point where the regime of Victor Yanukovych is completely coming to an end. The conflict is mainly about liberty. It is not just about political expression, but also for the purpose of exploring new economic ties with the Western Nations, including being able to find additional access to profitable natural gas supplies. It is a war that has extended beyond the walls of the former Soviet bloc through to the heart of Europe that has been relying on Russian natural gas for several years, which provides about a quarter of its needs; a third of this goes through Ukraine’s pipelines. Currently, Russia has power over the military of the Crimean section of Ukraine, meaning the conduits are in danger (Curran, 2014).
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine as a result of the rejection of a major economic deal between the European Union and the Ukrainian president; the economic deal was about an association agreement. The European Union was seeking more Eastern Europe markets to get involved in their trade agreements, while the Ukrainians desired to take part in Western Europe’s more contemporary and productive economies. Unluckily, in this case, it was not possible to endure the highly disrupted nature of Ukraine’s political coalitions (Silverstein, 2014). Victor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine, had doubts during the concluding phase of signing the agreement. For the citizens of Ukraine, Yanukovych‘s waffling was a sign that he was giving in to the pressure by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to decline the European Union’s Proposed association agreement, which he did after a few days. He instead accepted a new contract from Russia in terms of $15 billion in aid, in addition to other economic advantages (Curran, 2014).
The retreat by the president of Ukraine under the control of Russia instantaneously provoked the fury of the citizens of Ukraine. The Ukrainians have been seeking economic reforms for several years that could stabilize the economy of their country such as the economies of other prosperous Western nations. President Yanukovych’s decline of the European Union proposal not only overlooked the opinions of the citizens of Ukraine but was also an indication of the government’s strengthened alliance with Russia. These issues generated serious chaos among citizens of Ukraine who condemned their corrupt government and also criticized the authority of their president’s loyalty. Immediately after the rejection of the European Union proposal, the Ukrainians stormed the streets of Kev which is the capital city of Ukraine protesting against their president’s decision, asking for immediate resignation, and crying for economic reform. For many years The Government of Ukraine had been yearning to get this landmark trade agreement with the EU, which Yanukovych suddenly backed out at the last minute. In responding to the Ukrainian resistance, the government of Ukraine began carrying out violent actions. The activists were being dismissed with armed guards, military personnel, and the riot police. This led to a great conflict between the two groups. The conflict has continued and has gone up during the last two months (Curran, 2014).
The European Union deal would have enabled the Ukrainians to travel through the European Union without the need for Visas. Ukraine would have also been able to take up numerous laws and a new program of comprehensive reforms. It is believed that president Yanuvych declined the deal because of the extreme pressure from Russia, which could have created economic pressure on the existing struggling Ukrainian economy. There have been prior instances where Kremlin discontinued gas exports into Ukraine and barred Ukrainian products in Russia. The question then is that what does Russia really want? The president of Russia wants to see former Soviet states realigned (Silverstein, 2014). He wants to establish a coalition to give the European Union a run for its money. However, without Ukraine’s involvement, this is impossible. The Russian president believes that the protest in Ukraine is headed by the Western forces, calling them pre-planned and different from a revolution. He keeps offering money to put the pressure on, with deals to reduce the cost of gas in Ukraine and trading billions of dollars of government bonds (Curran, 2014).
The western leaders are condemning Russian actions in Crimea as an infringement of Ukraine’s sovereignty and a violation of international law, including the Russian’s duty as indicated in the United Nations contract, and of its 1997 martial basing accord with Ukraine. The president of the United States discarded the martial involvement in Ukraine. According to him, the United States did not need to set off an actual conflict (Walker et al., 2014). Russia had been warned by the United States and a majority of the European Union, that possible economic sanctions would be imposed against Russia if there would be no progress in ending the showdown that was ignited by Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine’s conflict. The effect of the sanctions if inflicted would be experienced by other nations too(Curran, 2014). In response, the Russian lawmakers are establishing a law that would enable Russia to confiscate material goods that belong to the United States and the European countries if the sanctions-hit Moscow. The United States and the European Union have also threatened to kick out Russia from the G8 if they decline to take out their military forces from Ukraine. The Ukrainian situation is hazardously unstable and has the possibility of reaching a global scale. The president of the United States has firmly repeated his administration’s position that Ukraine should begin establishing another government and get ready for new elections. He also give a warning to Russia and advised it to keep off from Ukraine.
The conflict in Ukraine, which was as a result of the rejection of a major European Union economic deal with Ukraine by the Ukrainian president has been a major concern for the past few months. The Ukrainian citizens got angry about this that decided to protest mainly because the Ukrainian government had been working hard for several years on a landmark trade contract with the European Union that would help stabilize the economy of Ukraine. World leaders have been concerned with the raising volatility of the political landscape of Ukraine, which seems to be leading the nation towards conflict with Russia, an issue that would probably implicate the United States and international participation. Russia is claimed to violate Ukrainian sovereignty because of its contribution to the Ukrainian conflict. With the Domestic disagreements between the Russian supporters and Ukrainian partisans, including the global pressures around the Russian attack and all the communal and economic outcomes that pursue, there is much that is expected to happen in the coming days.
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Silverstein, K. (2014, March 3), Russian- Ukrainian Conflict Spilling Beyond Borders and into Natural Gas Markets. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2014/03/03/russian-ukrainian-conflict-spilling-beyond-borders-and-into-natural-gas-markets/
Walker, P., Shabbir, N., McCarthy, T., & Yuhas, A. (2014, March 6). Ukraine Crisis. Obama says Crimea referendum would violate international law. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/ukraine-crisis-russia-crimea-eu-un-liv