Russia vs. Ukraine: When War Hits Home

Caleb Faulkerson, Cav Culture Editor

Russia launching air strikes against Ukraine.
Photo courtesy of AP News.

As of the writing of this edition, Russia and Ukraine have been locked in bloody struggle for one arduous month, and in this time millions have been displaced to other European countries and vast numbers have perished amidst the crossfire. The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, has been relentlessly bombarded by Russian missiles, and Russian ground troops have invaded the country from both the east and south, with a sizable contingent also pushing in from neighboring Belarus.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has made repeated remarks in denial of Ukraine’s sovereignty, going so far as to call the country “historically Russian” and claiming it’s run by “nationalists.” Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, undeterred by Putin’s remarks, has remained committed to stand for his countrymen against Russian aggression.

Even though the war is practically a world away, it has affected people here in the States nonetheless. This is best evidenced by the recent spike in American gas prices. Although said prices were on the rise well before the Russian invasion, some are blowback from Western economic sanctions intended to discourage Russia from continuing its campaign, as much of America’s oil has been imported from Russia. However, in tandem with such financial inconveniences, the war in Ukraine has been met with profound reactions by many Americans.

Americans protesting Russian-Ukraine War.
Photo still from CNN video by Zainab Rentia. 

Teachers, for one, have not been exempt from such effects. Although the war’s immediate effects are relatively limited here, in the words of Mr. Warren, a World Civilizations teacher here at Woodson, “it is heartbreaking to see the chaos, devastation and human tragedy that has already taken place and it is truly terrifying to think about the prospect of [the war in Ukraine] developing into a larger, global conflict.”

Despite fears that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is part of a larger plan for more territorial conquests by Russia, which puts other sovereign nations on their borders at risk, Mr. Warren went on to note that “the world response has been encouraging in many ways. The economic sanctions, military aid and the support for fleeing refugees do provide a sense of hope that we can potentially end the conflict and avoid it turning into something more horrific.”