We have been talking about the potential of the Ukraine crisis to end more than 75 years of stability and peace in Europe since the crisis started but surprisingly, some leaders like the president of Poland has just realized it after president Vladimir Putin of Russia declared the two breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states.
Poland President Andrzej Duda has condemned Russia’s move in eastern Ukraine saying they pose a threat to the entirety of Europe as he joined other Western leaders in condemning Russia about President Putin’s recognition of the breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states.
“Russia’s actions are of great concern to us. We take them very seriously”, Poland president Duda said during a conference in Kyiv with his counterpart from Lithuania and Ukraine.
“We believe that they pose a threat not only to Ukraine but also our entire region, to NATO’s eastern flank and the EU as a whole”, he said.
A few weeks ago Poland lawmakers said that the Ukraine crisis has never been seen in decades as they showed support to Ukraine.
The whole Crisis started way back in 2014 when the pro-Russia government was removed from power in Ukraine by the US-led color revolution which led to Russia annexing the Crimea region after a referendum vote to join Russia and the start of eastern Ukraine’s resistance to Central government in Kyiv.
The situation deteriorated after the US and its allies started supplying weapons to Ukraine to enable Ukraine to take back the two lost regions of Lugansk and Donetsk and Crimea and also join NATO which angered Russia and started demanding that Ukraine should never join NATO as president Putin asked a written guarantee from US-led NATO which was rejected as non-starters.
When peace seemed to be near as Russia ordered troops to return to their barracks, Ukraine’s military shelled Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine which forced their leaders to request help from Moscow.
The Russian state Duma then passed a law recognizing the two breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states and took it for signing to Putin who passed the world through the history of both Ukraine and Russia before signing it into law.
After the signing of the decree accepting Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states, the west which has been predicting the Russian invasion of Ukraine went ballistic, especially in US and UK, and threatened to impose sanctions on Russia and those two breakaway regions.
But Putin said that Russia will not compromise on its security interests even though Moscow remained ready for dialogue about how to resolve the Ukraine crisis.
Meanwhile, Cuba, China, and Belarus have condemned sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and its allies as they requested a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis.
Ukraine crisis has shown us that the UN is useless when superpowers are in disputes and this is not the first UN has failed to prevent or solve disputes between super powers.