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Part II: Current Event Summaries

Name Casey Marshall______________________________ Date 11/20/14


Article Title Ukraine Crisis: Will War Return?
Citation of the Article: Kirby, Paul. "Will Ukraine Return to War?" BBC News. N.p., 12 Nov.
2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28969784
Summary (No less than 10 sentences for full credit)
After the fighting beginning in the Ukraine Crisis in April raged on for months, separatists
came to a deal to stop the violence and free all the prisoners. However, the clashes
between the nations have not been initially solved, and full-scale conflict looks as though it
will occur again soon. The fighting began because pro-Russian activists took over control of
government buildings in towns and cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of the
Ukraine. Because of this war, 4,035 people have been killed, and around 9,336 have been
wounded in the Eastern Ukraine. This war also includes the shooting down of the Malaysian
aircraft the MH17, which is where 298 of the deaths come from. As for international
communities, there isnt much more that can be done besides observing the troops
movements and escalading violence. Whether or not Putin is preparing for resumption of
full scale hostilities is unknown at this point, and his aim towards all this is remaining to be
unclear. The only thing known is that Russias true concern is the Ukraines tug of war
relationship between the West and Russia. They are worried that NATO is going to really
reach their border, and is trying to maintain it to not do so. It hasnt been confirmed
officially, but there have been multiple reports that the United States military advisers
had helped Ukraine in its major offense against the opponents in July and August. Because
of its geographical placement between Europe and Russia, the Ukraine has been put in
predicaments between the two areas, and is always put in the middle of which country to
side with in agreements and reforms.
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Reaction (Must include evidence of point of view and/or bias and/or understanding of
article; no less than 6 sentences for full credit)
I feel as though this war is going to be a hard one to resolve. No matter what happens, the
location of the Ukraine isnt going to change and will always be put in the middle of the two
nations. I really hope that at some point it can be resolved, and a happy medium can be
found. After thousands of deaths and wounds, I think more fighting isnt going to solve any
more problems, but just have the war and chaos flare up even more. Im worried for whats
to come, because even though it isnt affected our nation at the moment, it could in the
very near future. We depend on Russia and Europe for a lot of our economic system, so if
we are to help the Ukraine fight against one or the other, we are sacrificing the one of
them being angry with us as well, or their economy breaking through. This makes me
saddened by the fact that something as long ago as the Cold War is still affecting the
relations of some countries, and I wish it were possible to resolve faster than it truly, in
reality, can be.
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