The war between Russia and Ukraine has been called the “largest war since World War II. The beginning of this war describes the significant escalation between Russia and Ukraine in 2014.
Russia began an invasion of Ukraine in the southwest on February 24, 2022. The formation of the Russian military had preceded this invasion. It was only launched in 2021, and at the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO a threat to the country’s security.
Due to this behaviour, Ukraine was also barred from joining the Military Alliance. Russia showed dentistry ideas with this. Even after the Russian military build-up from November 12, 2021, to February 20, 2022, Russia denied plans to attack Ukraine. Putin announced a “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine on February 24 at 05:00 EET [UTC+2]. Soon after, rockets began exploding across Ukraine, including in Kyiv, the country’s capital.
Ukraine, Russia Victims of the war in 2014
During this fight, a great number of civilians are slain. Six people died during the Russian occupation of Crimea from February 23 to March 19, 2014. There were three demonstrators, including two pro-Russians and one pro-Ukrainian. Also present were two soldiers and an SDF soldier from Crimea. The military death toll included two Ukrainians who died in the Battle of Dombos. Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying out a raid in which two Russian soldiers were killed on August 10, 2016. Ukraine denied the provocative report.
Ukraine, Russia Victims of war in 2021
During this fight, civilian casualties are mounting. The Ukrainian military had previously grossly underestimated the number of losses. Activists, soldiers, and doctors on the ground have reported it. Some medical studies have also claimed that they were more attracted due to the large number of causalities. As of December 1, 2021, a total of 4,629 deaths have been recorded. There are 4,490 awards, of which 139 have not yet been identified.
Who wins in the Russian war in Ukraine?
On Sunday, Ukraine and Russia decided to communicate through the media. The prospect of averting a war in Ukraine has been dashed once more. As for the American “next days” strike, where do they stand British officials gotten their information that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, has decided to attack? The White House has accused Russia of lying; saying troop numbers have now risen to nearly 150,000.
No matter who wins Russia-Ukraine war, West’s arms suppliers are already a winner
No matter who wins the war in Russia or Ukraine, the arms suppliers of the West are already winners. The United States has announced that it will provide an additional $800 million in guns, ammunition, and other security help to Ukraine. “The steady supply of weapons delivered to Ukraine by the United States and its friends and partners has been crucial in continuing our battle against the Russian invasion,” US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.
Since Russian soldiers invaded Ukraine on February 24, the US has provided more than $2.4 billion in military aid to Kyiv. Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Javelin anti-armor systems, Switchblade drones, air surveillance radars, Mi17 helicopters, 155mm howitzers, and other equipment are among the supplies.
30 COUNTRIES SENDING ARMS
But it’s not just the United States. Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Turkey are among the 30 or so nations that supply Ukraine with weaponry and defence equipment manufactured by state-backed or private enterprises.
Some Ukrainian neighbours, like Poland and the Czech Republic, are supplying their own military gear to be deployed against Russia in the war that has killed hundreds, displaced millions, and destroyed several cities. Ukraine will also receive financial assistance for the purchase of arms and ammunition. After Russia’s President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine to impose its neutrality in his strategic fight with the West, the European Union pledged an additional $543 million on April 7, bringing the 27-member bloc’s military aid to Kyiv to $1.63 billion.
Apart from increasing sanctions against Russia, these supplies are being made to defend Kyiv’s pro-Western government. The US-led Western military organization Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), whose development in Putin’s neighborhood has alarmed him, is likewise speeding up weaponry supplies but has not engaged Russia in direct battle because Ukraine is not a member.
But where do these weapons emanate from?
Defense production is mostly in the hands of commercial businesses in the United States and Europe. When a government declares military aid, one of the agreements calls for it to compensate defense companies that create supplies for the country in need.
This country repays the loan at global-standard interest rates, which can range from 1% to 1% of the principal amount, over a period of 25–30 years. Japan allows for much longer payback periods. In China, on the other hand, the average is only 15 years. If no returns are made, the lending government could face the fury of its domestic political opponents. Taxpayers may wonder why they should pay to equip and protect another country.
Many say the United States has been reluctant to contribute to the UN because there is no return. Instead, direct military aid to Ukraine arrived. A key motive is strategic interest. The danger is that if he is not rejected, Putin will not stop in Ukraine.
Many former Soviet members (whose breakaway still irritates Putin) have embraced the West. However, there is no doubt that conflict pays off for defense contractors and manufacturers.
In addition, the United States is the largest supplier of defense equipment and exporter of arms in the world. (Russia is the world’s second-largest arms exporter, although its volume is around one-third that of the United States.)
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States is home to five of the world’s top ten defense contractors. Lockheed Martin is by far the biggest player in the industry.
It may look like weaponry supplies are flooding in following Russia’s incursion. But they were already arriving, although less numerous and this may have contributed to the invasion in one way or another. In late 2017, US President Donald Trump issued Ukraine a license to purchase weapons and ship $47 million in weapons. Lockheed Martin was hired in 2018 following Trump’s decision to supply Ukraine with Javelin anti-tank missiles.
Observers feared the move could put Putin on a collision course with the region. Nonetheless, the US continued to sell armaments to Ukraine even after Trump was defeated in the presidential election by Joe Biden.
The military aid strategy has been maintained. Weapons deliveries from the United States to Ukraine were accelerated beginning in 2019. Cargo aircraft from the United States continued to land in Kyiv. Putin authorized the invasion, confirming the predictions.
In 2008 the Georgia-Russia war was on.
And what is going on in Ukraine, which serves as a geopolitical buffer between Russia and the West, has happened before. Prior to the 2008 Georgia-Russia conflict, US President George W. Bush supplied Georgia with millions of dollars in armaments while Putin threatened revenge.
According to reports, the Bush administration convinced Georgia that NATO would fight its battle if Russia launched a military invasion. Georgia, like Ukraine, is not a member of NATO. The arms deliveries prompted Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to launch a military attack on the territory controlled by the secessionists.
Something similar happened in Ukraine’s Donbass region in 2014 and again in February 2022.
The Georgian operation claimed the lives of Russian “peacekeepers” stationed in the rebel-held territory throughout the 1990s. But instead of confronting the Russians, the United States limited its commitment to providing armaments.
It is quite similar to what happened in Ukraine. You want to make profits?
They want to make a profit.
In the United States and in Europe, defense manufacturing is mostly in the hands of private companies, retired Major General GD Bakshi told India Today.
In the current context of the Russia-Ukraine war, it is unclear what specific agreements have been worked out. However, in most cases, the government receiving military aid is required to make interest-bearing payments. This is how things work.
This is what countries like the United States do. War is profitable for them. This is exactly what they did throughout World War II. It set up a rivalry between Russia and Germany.
25 million Russians were killed. The Germans were responsible for 7 million deaths. Those who provided arms and ammunition smiled all the way to the bank, “GD Bakshi said. Russia has once again warned that the supply of arms to Ukraine jeopardizes any possibility of resolving the conflict.
Russia has once again cautioned that supplying arms to Ukraine endangers any chance of settling the conflict.
However, Biden stated on Wednesday that the United States’ and its allies’ and partners’ consistent supply of Russia’s soldiers have been unable to penetrate Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has remained in power, pleading with the West to provide additional armaments. And there was a positive response.
“The US will continue to assist Ukraine with the capacity to defend itself,” Biden said, adding that the current tranche is “suited to the broader attack we expect Russia to unleash in eastern Ukraine.
edited and proofread by nikita sharma