More than two months have passed since February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine. We witnessed the horrors of war in real-time on social media. We have felt how the sanctions and war have impacted the world’s economy, and how it has directly impacted our wallets, mainly in gasoline prices.
According to the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization focused on peace, more than 4 million Ukrainians have left their homes in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Belarus, and Russia for the safety of European Union countries and other countries around the world. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) estimates that there are more than 40,000 dead soldiers, an average of 500 soldiers dying each day of the war. That estimate does not include the more than 2,000 civilians who have died.
Vladimir Putin, who was the Incumbent prime minister and acting president, was democratically elected as Russia’s president in 2000. Since that time, he has accumulated power and wealth, and today he shows himself to the world as the new Russian dictator. Many believe he is no longer a government employee nor a servant of the Russian people. The official information shows that he earns a salary of $140,000 a year, but in reality, is different and his power is overwhelmed to the point that he has annihilated everything that contradicts his agenda.
The United States, the European Union, and other governments continue efforts to suffocate the Russian economy, those affected reside in Russia, and their credit cards from American or European banks do not work. Many international companies have shuttered operations in Russia, fueling unemployment. Meanwhile, governments like the United States have given weapons and aid to Ukraine.
Russia never expected the resiliency of the Ukrainian people and their guerrilla warfare. The world is observing the Ukrainian strategy of using foreign technology, in the face of a desperate Russian advance risk of unleashing a much crueler war including nuclear weapons.
We will continue to stay abreast of the situation and analyze the consequences of this conflict that has changed the world forever.
BY: Camilo Florido