April 13, 2014

US Intervention in Ukraine?

Introduction

After Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych decided to suspend talks with the EU, protestors from western parts of Ukraine filled the streets in opposition to Yanukovych’s decision. The rebels believe that the EU would have brought economic prosperity to Ukraine; however, Russia has declared that it would impose steep gas bills on Ukraine if it joined the EU. Recently, Russia has moved troops into Crimea, a region which holds an ethnic-Russian majority and a Russian naval fleet. Ukraine has called Russia’s aggressiveness an invasion, but, on March 16, Crimeans voted in referendum to join Russia.

The United States has felt that it should involve itself in the political disagreement. It has imposed sanctions on Russia and has sent an American naval ship up the Bosporus Strait into the Black Sea. Secretary of State John Kerry has also guaranteed Ukraine a billion dollars in loans to recuperate; Obama has announced that he has been “…clear in saying that we are going to do everything we can to support Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.” The IMF has also prepared $18 billion in loans to Ukraine over the next two years.

The United States’s decisions have brought up many questions. Did Crimea vote to join Russia under duress or of its own free will? Is the U.S. obligated to respond to Russia’s aggression? At what point should its restrictions on Russia end? Does the U.S. have a solid reason to be involved in the Russian-Ukrainian issue? Is the U.S. responsible for militarily or financially assisting Ukraine? Will Putin’s military actions subside or will he endeavor further?




 

Debaters


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HPC
Is U.S. Intervention Necessary?

5 min read

Russia capitalized on the havoc by approving Putin’s idea to use the military to defend the pro-Russian interest in Crimea.

On Ukraine

5 min read

The people of Ukraine finally achieved their goal: an early election this May and their former President removed from power and fled from the country.

The Crimean Crisis As I See It

2 min read

The world scene changed earlier this year after protestors, fighting an urban conflict over the economic future of Ukraine, successfully ousted Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych.

Ukraine: A Dangerous Game

4 min read

On February 2014, a series of violent events took place in the Ukrainian capital Kiev after Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president, decided to suspend talks with EU after his meeting with Vladmir Putin.