Ukraine-Russia Crisis: A Precursor of World War III ?


After the Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenksy statement that a major war in Europe could be started by Russia soon. People on social media platforms are sharing their views about the “World War III ” which led the topic trending on twitter.

Ukraine-Russia Crisis: A Precursor of World War III ?

By MD Ali

Russia has declared war against Ukraine on Thursday. Ukraine president said that Russia carried out missile attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure and countries border guard that killed at least 7 people.

After the Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenksy statement that a major war in Europe could be started by Russia soon. People on social media platforms are sharing their views about the “World War III ” which led the topic trending on twitter.

America’s president has condemned attack as “unprovoked and unjustified” and holds Russia and Putin accountable for the aggression, global upheaval and the greatest military conflict on European soil since the end of World War II.

This war has global significance as United States of America and NATO countries are equally concerned by Russian aggression.

In response to his actions and condemnation, Russian president Vladimir Putin has issued a warning, he says, if anyone who would consider interfering from the outside: “if you do, you will face consequences greater than any of you have faced in history ever. All relevant decisions have been taken. I hope you hear me”, he said.

Soon after Putin’s warning, Ukraine faces big explosion in its capital city Kyiv, Kharkiv and other regions, which Vladimir Called it as military operation. His words are frightful that made people to think that if America involves directly between Russia and Ukraine by any means, that may push the world into third world war.

Is Russia-Ukraine Conflict Heading to World War III?

The cold war is not so cold yet. After the World War II, Russia and America became worlds two greatest super power which escalated division at global level. The first phase of cold was started just after the Second World War. The tension between two nations developed because of the ideological differences as Russia has been following communism and was successfully influencing others countries to follow the same. On the other hand, America follows ‘democracy’ and has capitalist economy. America feared expansion of communism and always considered Russia as a threat, thus they are still battling a proxy war against each other.

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The magnitude of animosity between U.S and Russia has reached to the extent that in 1962, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, today’s Russia, had secretly installed atomic missiles in Cuba to attack U.S cities. The confrontation, infamous as Cuban Missile Crisis, had brought two atomic super power at the brink of war, which possibly could have become a World War III.

From America to Europe, there was a fear because of the expansion of Soviet Union. This led western countries to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949 with initial membership of United States, Canada and several European Nations to ensure collective security against Soviet Union.

After the dissolution of USSR and formation of Urkraine, America was one of the first countries who give recognition to Ukraine in December 1991 and always stood by Ukraine against Russia to stop its expansion.

Why Ukraine is Important to Russia?

Ukraine has a huge area of land and connects with Europe directly. From the geopolitical point of view, maintaining status quo in Ukraine is a must to stop Russian potential dominance in Europe. Therefore, western countries are in a mood to impose heavy sanction on Russian and Pentagon is supplying more artilleries to Ukrainian border area.

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America has ordered its 8 F-35 fighter jets to relocate along with that of NATO to the eastern flank of Ukraine. America will also deploy at least 1000 service members into NATO territory. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but shares border with four NATO countries.

Since the beginning of the cold war and till now, Russia and America have been severely engaged in proxy wars. They followed each other on transborder, restrict each other’s development and ties with other nations. Imposed economic sanctions against each other, but never fought directly as both countries are atomic super power and understand dire consequences world will have to face, economically and humanitarianly, if both the super powers are directly involved in war. Now, nations are much aware, they have shown their concern time and again against the devastating effect of violence worldwide. The world has become a global village and has altered the nature of war; thus, a great reluctance can be expected against the war from all the responsible nations as no one wants to endure recurring horror and destruction of those days.

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