The Russo-Ukrainian War began in 2014 when Russian troops took control of Crimea following a referendum that declared its independence from Ukraine. In response to this annexation, Ukraine launched an offensive against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Since then, there has been a series of military engagements between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. As a result of these conflicts, more than 13000 people have been killed, and over 1 million have been displaced from their homes.
The Russo-Ukrainian War is part of a larger geopolitical struggle between Russia and Western powers for influence in Eastern Europe. Russia views Ukraine’s move towards closer ties with Western powers as a threat to its regional interests. In response, it has sought to destabilize Ukraine by supporting separatist movements within its borders. This has led to increased tensions between Russia and Western countries such as the United States and European Union (EU).
Amid this crisis, the United States has not been immune to its effects. As one of the world’s largest economies and a key player in international politics, America has a significant stake in the outcome of the crisis. The ongoing conflict has implications not only for the people directly involved but also for the millions of refugees who have been displaced and the rest of the world.