RUSSIAN FORCES REMAIN IN CRIMEA

by Chris Belluschi

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, Russia has proven willing to use military force as it moves into the Russian-heavy region of Crimea, supposedly in the name of protecting ethnically Russian Crimeans.

This past weekend, the Upper House of Russian Parliament came together to swiftly pass President Vladimir Putin’s request that the Russian military intervene “in connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens.”

The treacherous move made leaders across the world uneasy. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon has commanded order “for an immediate restoration of calm and direct dialogue between all concerned to solve the current crisis.”

On Sunday, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (located in Crimea) effectively took control of the Southern peninsula, and by Monday Ukraine’s UN ambassador was quoted saying Russia had deployed 16,000 troops from Russian Territory.

Both the West and Russia yearn for a peaceful resolution, though neither can agree on how to get there. Western powers agree that the new interim government in Kiev, which was authorized by the Ukrainian parliamant, is the rightful authority. Russia, on the other hand, prefers to go back to the agreement that was signed by former Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych on the 21st of February. The agreement made way for discussions that would potentially turn Ukraine into a federation, allowing Russian regions like Crimea more autonomy.

It is difficult to see an agreement coming at this point as both sides are so polarized. Though the Russian army has not yet spilled blood, conflict will be hard to avoid should the military move into other parts of Ukraine.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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