There is something drastic happening in the world. Not a worldwide disco party, not a new holiday, something much, much worse. There is a giant war. It is the biggest war in Europe since World War 2. Vladimir Putin who is the President of Russia has started what he calls “A Special Military Operation”, but it is a full-scale war. Good Morning, Mr. Wash and my fellow classmates. On the other side of the world in Europe, for the past few weeks, there has been a major conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Russia is attempting to invade Ukraine. It is very important that you know what is going on because of how serious this matter is. Today I will be informing you about why Russia is invading, where the Ukrainians are immigrating, and ways in which the public can show their support. Some people think Putin is doing this for no reason, however, this is not the case.
The first thing you might wonder is, why Russia is trying to invade Ukraine. Firstly he wants NATO’s borders to go back to what they were in 1997. NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a group of countries in Europe and North America who agree that if one of the countries who are a part of NATO gets attacked, they will help fight back. NATO has had a lot of new members join each one closer and closer to Russia, this is why Russia wants the NATO borders to move away from Russia. NATO refused to change its borders and Putin has decided to move them by force. Ukraine has been trying to join NATO for quite some time now, and that is why it is Russia’s main target. Putin has attempted to invade them before they can join. The countries of NATO have big armies but they cannot help Ukraine because they have not joined NATO. Although they can donate materials, money, and supplies. Over the years NATO has gained lots of new members which are closer to Russia. (“Putin’s war on Ukraine, explained”). The president of the U.S.A., Joe Biden has said that Putin is trying to rebuild the very powerful former Soviet Union which dissolved in 1991. The Soviet Union had lots of power. It controlled lots of land in both Asia and Europe. Many experts believe that because of how much power the Soviet Union had, Biden is right, and Putin does want to rebuild the Soviet Union (“If Putin wants to remake the Soviet Union, what country would Russia target next?”). Putin has set his expectations high because as he has tried to take over Ukraine it has taken a lot longer than expected. The first city Putin wanted to take over was the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, but after a failed invasion Putin’s goals shifted towards the south and east of Ukraine. Because of these invasion attempts, the Ukrainians needed somewhere to go.
As a result of this ongoing conflict and increased tension, many Ukrainians have decided to flee their country and go somewhere safer. Even though all the countries of NATO are supplying Ukraine with all the military equipment and materials they need they also let the Ukrainians immigrate to their countries. The Ukrainians have mostly immigrated to the countries that border Ukraine like Poland, Romania, and Hungary. But some Ukrainians also immigrated to countries farther away like Austria and Germany Already over 6 million Ukrainians have fled their country (“Where are Ukraine’s refugees going”?). These countries letting the Ukrainians in are letting Putin know that they will help Ukraine as much as they can including fighting Russia’s giant army. Every country has a big army including Ukraine, so lots of Ukrainian soldiers are staying on the front lines and fighting for their country. Even some people who weren’t in the army were willing to get recruited so they could also fight for their country.
We already know that lots of countries’ governments are helping Ukraine, but is there anything that the public is doing? Many organizations are helping Ukraine. Some organizations, such as Territory of Kindness, have shifted their focus to ensure that the citizens of Ukraine are supported. In the past, Territory of Kindness has helped raise money for children and people who need health care (“How You Can Help the People of Ukraine”). There have also been lots of new organizations created whose sole purpose is to raise money to aid Ukraine in the battle against Russia. Almost all these organizations are non-profit organizations which means they don’t take any money for themselves and donate it all. Even you can donate money to these organizations to help Ukraine. However, donating money is not the only way you can demonstrate support for those suffering in Ukraine. You can try to educate others and they might want to help as well. You can also post on social media. The more people who know about the tragedy in Ukraine, the more people who can help.
The war in Ukraine has uprooted thousands of innocent citizens. For now, Putin’s goals seem pretty ruthless, but Ukraine is holding up well against Russia. Thankfully neighbouring countries have provided Ukrainians with somewhere safe to relocate during this conflict. You must remember that everybody can make a difference. We have a responsibility to join the thousands of others who are donating to save Ukraine. As the president of Ukraine said, “No panic, we’re strong. We’re ready for anything”.
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