The recent military operation executed by Russia against Ukraine has significantly impacted the whole world’s economy. The military actions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine are described by addressing the Donbas-Ukraine conflict. The actual war required an immediate response from the world-leading countries. America was not an exception, allocating the military forces to support the invasion victim. America’s ideology of integrating into the conflict highlights the prevention of anarchy in solving political disputes. The ethical considerations of restoring democracy are the leading causes of United States intervention. Underscoring the importance of peaceful conflict-solving policy United States focused on supporting Ukraine to allow the country to repel the attack of Russia.
As far as no peaceful compromise between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia was found, America reacted on behalf of Ukraine. By doing so, the United States claimed that modern international political relationships should not be led by using military forces. The country’s involvement shows that any huge epicenters of military attacks will not be left without addressing (Smith, 2022). A number of economically distracting sanctions, which is a peaceful attempt to stop the invasion, were passed before providing military support to Ukraine. Thus, this paper argues that the United States’ involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict is characterized as striving to prevent aggressive actions against Ukraine and restore the peace, providing military support.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine turned into an exhausting war without any peace agreement, the United States and its allies began to talk about the new, long-term goals of the war for Ukraine: to inflict such a defeat on the battlefield, so that later it could not attack again. The United States’ goal in financially supporting Ukraine is that they are trying to maintain the unity of a global alliance, which includes certain European countries who have expressed open concern about the economic and social effects of a lengthy war on Ukraine (Schwartz & Kazmin, 2022). The conflict in Ukraine is not just a single incident between two nation-states with particular problems and histories. Rather, it is a major escalation in a constantly shifting global power struggle over which nations, political systems, and worldviews will rule and control how the world will develop for all (Cloke, 2022). The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked heated discussion in America about how the US should react as well as how much the attack threatens democracy.
The first reason why the stance is essential is that it highlights America’s intention to restore the balance of conflicting powers and minimize the damage to the citizens of Ukraine. The United States is substantially concerned with restoring democracy in Ukraine and balancing conflicting powers in the geopolitically conflicted region (Bandow, 2022). America’s ideology of integrating into the conflict highlights the prevention of anarchy in solving political disputes. Underscoring the importance of peaceful conflict-solving policy United States focuses on supporting Ukraine to allow the country to repel the attack of Russia (Qureshi et al., 2022). Vladimir Putin’s neo-empirical policy on foreign affairs and international trade policies require external intervention to resolve due to the geopolitical relationship between Russia and Ukraine. Democracy in Ukraine means a continuation of the country’s traditions and culture as a free state (Olsen, 2022). Americans continued support gives Ukraine a chance to have an independent future, transparent governance, and a stable economy free from Russia’s strangleholds (Cimbala & Forster, 2017). Ultimately, the nation will have a right to join international memberships, including NATO, which gives it power as a nation.
The United States, as one of the most influential and developed countries in the world, cannot leave the war without proper attention. By supporting the victim of the invasion, America states that within modern countries, international relationships should be built upon compromises and war-free regiments (Bandow, 2022). In other words, United States’ reaction indicates that any war-related aggression should not have a place in the contemporary international arena. The United States administration supports Ukraine within modalities of modernization and civilization where international relationships should be built upon compromises and war-free regiments (Olsen, 2022). Based on the Minsk agreement of 2014, Russia and Ukraine signed a treaty to cease-fire and operate as independent states. Therefore, the only possible variant to react to the aggression was to support Ukraine by financing the war and offering military support.
Financing the war and giving military support allows Ukraine’s to defend its citizens in future attacks. Cimbala & Forster (2017) argue that America’s goal entails offering financial and military support to give Ukraine a means of defense in the future and economic stability after the war. Although military many would think that supplying weapons and military forces encourages war escalation, the weapons are necessary if Russia does not concede through peaceful talks. The continued fights and conflicts significantly affect Ukrainian citizens and populations globally, and people will continue to suffer if the war continues. Competent defensive weapons are crucial in countries like Ukraine, prone to aggressive invasion from neighboring countries due to being rich in natural resources (Smith, 2022). Therefore, the United States mission is characterized by military and weaponry support which Ukraine needs to defend its citizens in future attacks.
America’s participation in the conflict is primarily centered on the war-eliminating ethical consideration. The United States’ primary position is related to the idea that the mere notion of war contradicts the established internationally ethical and democratic concepts (Nezhyva & Mysiuk, 2022). Several peaceful conflict resolution attempts were made to resolve the conflict before providing military support to Ukraine. For instance, the U.S requested Russia to honor the Minsk agreement, which consists of measures against war, Ukraine’s self-governance, particular areas in Donbas, and restoration of Ukraine’s government border control (Cimbala & Forster, 2017). Further, the U.S advocated for economic sanctions on Russia in an attempt to force them into conceding or negotiations towards peaceful conflict resolution (Miah & Sheppard, 2022). The peaceful negotiations were worthless in finding the rational conflict solving, and the attack from Russia forwarded (Schwartz & Kazmin, 2022). Being the world’s most influential and developed country, the nation has a moral duty to assist the victim of war since the situation affects global economies and social security. Since Russia could not abide by the law, America’s participation in the conflict centered primarily on the war-eliminating ethical consideration.
Many Americans support the administration’s economic sanctioning of Russia as a response to the unethical invasion of Ukraine. Olsen (2017) report states that four in five Americans approve of the strict sanctioning, which supports the nation’s moral duty to stand by Ukraine. Evidently, the citizens’ support for the nation’s intervention shows that helping Ukraine is the right thing to do which does not jeopardize their safety and democratic issues. According to Cimbala & Forster (2017), numerous entities support America’s engagement and intervention in Ukraine to suppress Russia’s rise to imperial sovereignty. Russia’s power rise to a new empire poses global and regional security. Therefore, reinstating Ukrainian and economic sanctions prevents Russia from becoming an empire because it limits Russia’s power and significant natural resource management.
Finally, the United States’ intervention aims at supporting Ukraine to maintain the unity of global alliances, peace in Ukraine, and socio-economic security worldwide. Several European countries have expressed genuine concern about the economic and social effects of a lengthy war on Ukrainian citizens (Cloke, 2022). Similarly, the world is facing an economic crisis due to the war, which demands intervention from significant global economies such as the United States to rectify the situation. Global escalation in fuel and food prices are among the effects of the Ukrainian war, with developing countries suffering the most, leading to poverty, economic instability, starvation, and insecurity (Nezhyva & Mysiuk, 2022). United States support of Ukraine is to ensure that Russia does not limit Ukraine’s role as a transit region for natural gas. Stabilizing Ukraine’s economy is essential and the United States military and financial support aims at ensuring the economic stability.
Despite the various arguments justifying America’s military and financial intervention in the Ukraine-Russia war, there are different opinions suggesting otherwise. Majority of Americans are paying close attention to the Russian invasion (Telhami, 2022). For example, the results of an online poll carried by the University of Maryland Critical Issues show that 34 percent of respondents, including 30 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats, believe that Russia is an adversary. However, 38 percent believe that Russia is an “unfriendly country,” and 24 percent believe that Russia is neither friendly nor unfriendly (Vorbrugg & Bluwstein, 2022). Consequently, 19% of people think of Ukraine as an ally, while 54% of people say it is a “friendly country,” and 25% think it is neither friendly nor unfriendly (Vorbrugg & Bluwstein, 2022). Based on the results it can be clearly seen that even though the majority of the people think Ukraine is a friendly country, there are still people who do not see the aggressor as an ally.
Considering the conflict that occurred in 2014, many believe that Ukraine’s military support does not limit America’s evolvement. In other words, the position that the United States strive to pursue particular economic goals in weakening the position of Russia can be provided (Miah & Sheppard, 2022). Thus, Ukraine may be considered a mere struggle point between Russia and United States. Russia and the United States have a long history of power struggles and gaining global influence on significant issues that affect society, such as security and global markets (Cloke, 2022). Nevertheless, the Russian Federation has a longstanding sense of superiority and imperialism, pushing their societal desire for sovereignty, which can be acquired through taking over the crucial areas of the Ukrainian region.
Ukraine’s military operations against Donbas can be the primary opposing argument against the initial statement. In the first months of the conflict between Ukraine and Donbas, Russia helped resist the destruction of self-determined regions by the Ukrainian army (Madumika, 2022). However, Olsen (2022) states that Russia’s invasion is a move to expand their territories and support the longevity of Putin’s administration. At the same time, defeating Russia and suppressing its acquisition of power will give the United States more global influence than Russia economically and politically (Mbah & Wasum, 2022). Therefore, the United States fears the rise of Russia as an imperial empire leading to its involvement as a Ukrainian ally
Likewise, America’s military and financial support in Ukraine is considered a premeditated move to sanction Russia economically and destabilize Putin’s administration. There is an opinion that all measures were pre-planned, and the war was a reason to put them into action (Schwartz & Kazmin, 2022). The main argument for this point is that all limitations were designed and executed at rapid speed. Bandow, (2022) argues that the United States intelligence to sink Russia’s ship and kill their soldiers shows their determination to defeat and weaken Russia as planned. Killing Russians does not achieve the ultimate goal of ending the war but escalates more battles as a defense measure leading to a never-ending cycle. Thus, the nation has to clarify its goals in action to avoid questions regarding its interest in the war and save Ukraine and Russia from further loss of lives.
To sum up, the 2022 Russian invasion has brought Ukraine on the limelight of political and global interest regarding the country and the citizens’ welfare. In this intervention, there is a need for a critically spatial study regarding the United States’ involvement in the war to avoid reproducing or aggravating preexisting views that may escalate the war. Underlying biases in the current arguments about the war should be taken seriously for individuals to overcome the unbalanced politics of information and expertise regarding Ukraine and the wider area. The Ukraine war requires a comprehensive approach that ensures ending the war and catering to the country’s post-war needs. If America’s support guarantees the nation’s democracy, dependence, and economic stability, it is on the right path to solving the conflict. The crisis touches everyone globally, becoming everyone’s responsibility. Nonetheless, significant countries like the U.S. have the resources and power to intervene, which would have a global effect regardless of personal gains.
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