The Ukrainian Crisis and Who is Right


Zak Parchen, Staff Reporter

It has been many years since a nation has expanded its borders, but that is likely to change with the emergence of the Ukrainian Crisis.  Vast disagreements from both the Western World along with Ukraine and the secessionist rebels backed by Russia over the crisis are becoming the center of current global politics, which leads to the question of: Which side has the right solution?

The origins of the crisis began in 2013 when Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych suspended the agreement for Ukraine to join the European Union.  Yanukovych was threatened by an EU commissioner who told him, “if you won’t sign the agreement, the next government will.”  His warning took effect in little time, shortly after he suspended the signing. A civil war nearly arose with massive riots.  The conflict was between the Ukrainian government, backed by anti-EU supporters and the Russian Federation, and the EuroMaidans, backed by pro-NATO and pro-EU supporters.  The protests lasted for several months, culminating in a five day long revolution, leaving 100 protesters and 13 police members dead.  The handling of the protesters by the government was claimed to be done with unnecessary violence, despite the protesters using aggression against the police, and thus the Ukrainian government was criticized by many western nations and Israel, which is ironic of Israel to accuse Ukraine of violence because they are under investigation themselves for war crimes for the murder of thousands of Palestinian civilians.

When president Yanukovych was removed from office, for being incapable of fulfilling his duties, the Crimean secessionist movement began, knowing that Ukraine would take in a new pro-EU president.  Their prediction was indeed correct, as Poroshenko was elected the new president of Ukraine, and he then signed an EU association agreement to make the country part of the European Union, and sought to cut off close ties to Russia, unlike Yanukovych who was tightening bonds with Russia.

The Ukrainian rebels’ goal is to have much of Eastern Ukraine annexed from the the rest of Ukraine, thus becoming its own republic.  After that is accomplished, they would become a part of the Russian Federation, preserving Ukraine’s, or at least Eastern Ukraine’s, close ties to Russia.  Russian president Vladimir Putin, who much like the rebels is skeptical of the EU, has aided their cause by providing the rebels with military support and resources, in order to combat the Ukrainian government from re-assuming the rebel controlled areas.

There has been several attempts for cease-fire agreements, the most recent was February 12th; however, they have all been violated by both sides.  It is likely that it will take years before a working agreement is finally reached by both sides, so for now, the battle will continue without any hope of peace any time soon.

So the question remains, is Ukraine better off with the EU or should it look to Russia for support?

The EU is regarded by many as a failed experiment.  There are many issues that the EU has caused.   For example, European countries that are in financial trouble cause a burden for wealthier countries, due to countries with a strong economy, such as Germany, having to bail out countries such as Greece and Spain, whose economies were destroyed by deceptive practices by banks.  There is, however, one problem that the EU has caused that stands out the most, and that problem is immigration.

The EU’s support of massive immigration is likely its greatest failure.  Leaders of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have all announced that multiculturalism is a complete failure in Europe.  The country that has suffered the greatest from massive immigration is Sweden, a once clean country with low crime rate has now become the rape capital of Europe.  Places that suffer massive immigration, such as Sweden, have seen a rise in nationalist, anti-immigration parties, which are now the fastest growing types of parties across all of Europe.

The reason that Europe is having such a problem with immigrants is due to where their immigrants are coming from.  The vast majority of immigrants who enter Europe are from Islamic countries that are disgusted by Western Culture and seek to come to the continent only to leech off of the government and attempt to enforce their extremist values upon the democratic Europeans.  Of course not all Muslims have such disdain towards the West; however, the EU believes in taking in the most extremist of peoples hoping that they will adapt to Western Culture, but the issue is that they do not want to adapt.

Geographically, Ukraine, if they were to join the EU, would face massive immigration from both Africa and the Middle East.  Along with the ISIS and ISIL creating havoc throughout the Middle East, Ukraine would more than likely suffer the burden of having an immense flood of immigrants, drastically increasing crime, creating more segregation in their communities due to drastic cultural differences, and costing countless taxpayers’ money going to support the new immigrants.

Figureheads of the pro-Russian, secessionist movement have adopted a flag similar to the banners wielded by the Russian Cossacks, who reclaimed Russian territories held under occupation by Kurd and Tatar invaders.  They say the reason for this choice in flag is: “We chose it because the land is in danger from foreign invaders again.”

Russia, unlike the EU, has managed to combat many of the issues that the EU faces.  Under Vladimir Putin, the Russian economy has been saved from massive debt and a ruined economy that occurred under the Soviet Union and into a new prosperity.  The country has also prevented massive immigration, welcoming only those who wish to assimilate to Russian culture and are willing to work.  Putin on the issue of immigration makes this remark, “In Russia live Russians.  Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.  If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslims, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need Muslim minorities.  Minorities need Russia.”

All things stated, Russia clearly has better solutions to the problems that the modern world faces–unlike the the European Union which is only able to create more problems, rather than reach feasible solutions.  The EU is a perfect demonstration of the “horrible people” that Friedrich Nietzsche describes in his quote, “There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.” -Friedrich Nietzsche