By, Essence Dennis |Staff Writer|
On March 1, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an invasion on Ukraine, specifically Crimea.
Putin began to demand that Russia invade Ukraine on Saturday and won his parliament’s approval, according to Huffington Post.
Putin began sending his troops into Ukraine, which caused mass confrontation between Russia and the West, which has not been seen since the Cold War, according to Huffington Post.
Russia was in violation of “Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Putin was forced instruct Moscow to withdraw its forces out of Crimea and back to the borders once the United States told them, according to Huffington Post.
“I think it’s our business to get involved from a humanitarian standpoint,” said Professor David Chavez.
Obama informed Putin that violence was the least effective way to get through to Ukraine about any issues Russia has within that country.
Professor Louis Gordon who’s currently teaching US foreign policy in the political science department believes that, “President Obama is correct when he says Russia’s invasion of Crimea is a violation of international law.”
“I believe that a non-violent approach should be taken instead of breaking ties just to go to war,” said student Maria Ayala, when discussing what steps Russia should take before actually going to war with Ukraine.
According to BBC News, Putin’s claim on why he wanted to send troops to Crimea was to “protect the human rights of its citizens.”
According to The American Interest, “If Putin is to continue letting troops slowly creep into Crimea it will lead to a dead end, which may result in the creation of a “corrupt, authoritarian and brutal state resting on the exploitation of hydrocarbons will over time weaken and marginalize Russia in world affairs.”
Putin could send Russia into a depression if he were to engage his country in a full out war with Ukraine because this decision may cause countries who invest their money into the country, such as the United States, to cut off ties with them.
“There is a risk of international backlash against Russia at a time when the economy faces an increasing need for foreign capital inflows,” said Gillian Edgeworth, chief economist for emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa at UniCredit S.p.A in London.
“This uncertainty risks a further escalation in domestic capital outflow,” according to Vladimir Kuznetsov in an article for sfgate.com.
Economic pressure seems to be an effective tool for international pressure in the house of politics.
“Everything (in this world) is about having more, whether it’s land or money,” said student Francisco Godinez. “No one is happy with what they have, so they seek ways to get more instead of helping each other out and keeping the peace.”
Discussing the backlash of repercussions that could follow Russia if they do go to war, student James Cardona said, “I don’t think (the United States) would be a part of the war, but eventually we might get dragged into it.”
“I don’t think they should invade […] if in the end it’s going to do more damage than good then I say leave it,” said student Joshua Flores.
The citizens of Russia are up in arms in response to Putin’s attempt to get troops into Crimea.
Putin is likely to go down in history, “As a failed state builder, a man who took Russia down the wrong path and who added to the burden of Russian history,” according to The American Interest.