Ukraine-Russia crisis: What you need to know

Isabela Sturm, Editor

According to the U.S. Census, about 15,000 native-born Ukrainians lived in Sacramento from 2015 to 2019. Local families are directly impacted by the war between Russia and Ukraine. However, there are many people who don’t understand the background these two countries have. Below you will find some helpful historical information.

On February 24, 2022, Russia began to invade Ukraine. This caused a major escalation of the conflict between these countries. Putin himself has said his justification for the invasion is a constant threat from Ukraine which makes Russia feel unsafe.

The aim of Russia’s invasion was to over-run Ukraine and stop the country from joining NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization). NATO is an organization that includes 28 European countries and two North American countries and was made after World War II. Russia is worried about Ukraine joining NATO because then Ukraine will have protection and other benefits from joining.

In addition, Putin claimed that Ukrainians and Russians were once together as one country and he wants that again. Ukrainians disagree with this and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told Putin he wants peace but is willing to defend Ukraine’s independence. 

Click here to watch a video that explains the history of the conflict between these countries

Click here if you are interested in helping Ukrainian people.