Towards A Permanent Conflict
The number, 100, has a special significance. When a person, organisation or event reaches this milestone, it becomes worthy of celebration, or remembrance. The war between Russia and Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, completed 100 days on June 3. However, one cannot call it a milestone. The international community has been witnessing how the Russian Forces are destroying properties in Kiev and Kharkiv, and claiming lives of common Ukrainian people for the past three months. Unfortunately, the destruction is still going on.
Initially, the global community expressed serious concern over the situation in Ukraine, and staged protests against the Russian aggression. However, that intensity has changed in 100 days. As the tendency of the present times is to move on fast, the world, perhaps, has started ignoring the horrors of the war between the two former Soviet Republics. The future of any news article gradually moves from the front page banner headline to the inside pages. However, it is not expected that the global community remain calm at a time when death and destruction continue to occur in one part of this world due to a war, with countless people becoming helpless refugees.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sensitised people about tactics of war, as well as variants of modern day warfare. In the 21st Century, states have started transforming diplomacy into war tactics in order to turn the State Power into a Military Power overnight, while keeping an eye on the timing and opportunity. The purpose behind the establishment of the United Nations (UN) after the Second World War was to ensure that the lust for power, arrogance and aggression of one or some persons would not be not escalated, and that the peaceful democratic environment would prevail. However, the UN has failed to perform its duty. The Russia-Ukraine war shows that the personal ego of a Head of the State can destroy another State in the post-Globalisation Era.
Of course, the hunger for power has encouraged a statesman to trigger this war; however, subtle strategic plans are also there. According to experts, the modern war strategists concentrate mainly on how to hit hard in the beginning, keep patience before properly understanding the character of resistance, how to use information regarding the war and casualties for determining the tactics, and what to do if other states try to corner the invading state economically in support of the affected state. Although the war is going on between Russia and Ukraine, other states, too, have learnt a lesson from it.
The flames of war are burning the world in a different way in the 21st Century. The indirect consequences of the war between two European nations are affecting people of all continents, from Asia to Africa. The Global Economy has been hit hard, as prices of food and other essential commodities, including petroleum products, have increased sharply. At a time when the global community is trying hard to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the war has triggered a fresh crisis.
Hence, it has become a huge challenge for the Developing and Underdeveloped nations to manage this catastrophe. The Russia-Ukraine War has plunged the rest of the world, especially the Third World, into a state of utter misery.
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