The Russian-Ukrainian Crisis and What You Need to Know


Malea Seubold

On Feb 24, 2022, Russian troops began to invade Ukraine. This was the start of an ongoing dispute and the beginning of a crisis that the whole world would become concerned about. Both Ukrainian and Russian economies are already suffering. Almost two million refugees and civilians in Ukraine have fled and are seeking shelter. NATO allies are concerned, but are not directly involving themselves in the war. Many believe that this crisis could threaten the very balance and peace that Europe has worked so hard to achieve.

In Ukraine, cities are being hit by heavy artillery at a constant rate. These destroy homes, stores, businesses, and public infrastructure. Many people are without running water, electricity, and food. Because of this, over one and a half million refugees from Ukraine have been forced to flee to neighboring countries such as Poland and Moldova. Countries like these are accepting the refugees and offering them shelter and some basic necessities. The people who are running away are leaving most things behind, and do not know if they will ever come back. There is support for these refugees and Ukraine around the world, and actions are being taken to help these individuals.

This conflict does not only affect people in Russia and Ukraine. It has quickly become one that the entirety of Europe and NATO has become concerned with. Despite the wishes and requests, NATO allies are hesitant to directly become involved in the war. Instead, they are sending supplies to help the Ukrainian militaries, and they have proposed to place severe sanctions on Russia. For example, Russia has been banned from the next Olympics, countries have cut off some of their trade from Russia, and more. Recently, the U.S. has banned all imports of gas and natural oil from Russia. The war has already caused gas prices in the U.S. to severely rise, and this ban will only add onto that. Gas prices in California are reaching almost seven dollars per gallon. Wheat prices are also expected to rise due to the fact that Russia and Ukraine are some of the top wheat-exporting countries. This is all in an effort to hurt their economy enough to discourage the invasion. 

Unfortunately, most efforts have proven mostly ineffective. Russia continues to invade and take over Ukrainian cities. This crisis is a tragedy, and Russia shows no signs of stopping. It is difficult to believe that a conflict between two countries can have such a significant impact on the rest of the world. However, world leaders must think of the wellbeing of their own people before they make any decisions. Sadly, all that allies can safely do now is to take caution and support Ukraine from behind the scenes.