POLiCY MEMORANDUM: RUSSiAN INVASiON OF UKRAiNE
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is President Vlamdir Putin’s most aggressive action to redraw borders of the former Soviet Union since the Cold War (1). On the 12th day of this invasion, the United Nations recorded an estimated 406 civilian deaths, 801 injuries and 1.7 million displaced Ukranians as a result of the conflict (2). Ideological debate and division is reflected from the 20th century into our present world. This memorandum encourages the government of Canada to take lead and support Ukraine differently than it historically has. Resolutions propose the creation of sectoral sanctions against Russian oil imports, the deployment of Canadian troops to support the Ukrainian military in Kyiv with the establishment of meaningful dialogue between the Western world and Russia to reach an agreement and halt current warfare.
It is clear that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is deeply rooted in ideological warfare brought by the Eastern movement of NATO; the Cold War is persisting. Today, the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 is critical to understanding how President Putin’s present military strategy works and revealing his motivations to retain international supremacy. Vladimir Putin’s public recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent countries, prompt deployment of Russian troops into them and the launch of a full-scale invasion on Ukraine, the occupying country, resembles exactly how he and the Russian government invaded Georgia in 2008.3 That action prevented Georgia from joining NATO with minimal international attention (4)...
Author: Abigail Fair, Annika Fair, Maya Campo