Since the beginning of man, the invasion of one sovereign nation by another has taken place in one form or another. From the largest in history; Operation Overlord, the invasion of France in World War II, to the centuries old back and forth battles of the Middle East. One of the oddest I’ve seen, however, has to be one of the world’s slowest: the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. In what is practically a summer re-run of Hitler’s annexing of Czechoslovakia prior to the second world was, Vladimir Putin is slowly but surely devouring his neighbour.
There is no real surprise here. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the signs were all there that this was one part of the USSR Moscow did not want to see go. Of course the Kremlin has tossed a few different reasons out there. The people of East Ukraine are mostly Russian anyway or the Ukraine government is corrupt/too friendly to the west/doesn’t play nice... Take your pick. Things seemed to be going smoothly for Putin as the rhetoric from the UN and European Union, although loud and boisterous, wasn’t really going to make a difference. The recent downing of a civilian airliner, assumingly mistaken for a Ukraine military flight has slowed things down a little, but in today’s world of ‘what’s the next news story’, that will soon be forgotten by everyone save the victim’s family members. Already things are growing hotter in the Middle East and that is now taking over the headlines.