Russia and Ukraine were part of the 15 countries that made up the Soviet Union including Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Estonia, Moldova, etc.
Soviet Union or Union of Soviet Socialist Republic was established in post-revolutionary Russia. It was a socialist state made up of 15 countries in Eastern Europe and Asia with a highly centralised government and economy. Soviet Union lasted from 1922 until its dissolve in 1991.
Due to imperialism, that is, developed countries ability to acquire more territories from Asia or Africa thereby tapping their natural resources, World War I broke out in Europe in the summer of 1914, July 1914 to November 11 1918 with the Central Powers led by Germany and Austria-Hungary.
When Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Russia got involved to defend Serbia. Germany, seeing that Russia was mobilizing, declared war on Russia. France was then drawn in against Germany and Austria-Hungary. Germany attacked France by marching through Belgium pulling Britain into war. Then Japan entered the war to support its British allies. Later, Italy and the United States would enter on the side of the Allies (Britain, France, Russia, etc.).
World War II broke out on 1 Sept 1939, it was the deadliest involving every part of the world, over 30 countries. It began by Nazi Germany invasion of Poland. United Kingdom and France declared war on Germany consequently. The Soviet Union fought alongside Germany. The long global brutal war ended in 2 Sept 1945.
There has been conflict between Russia and Ukraine after the dissolve of the Soviet Union. 2014 marked another year of conflict till in 2022 after months of tension, Russia attacks Ukraine. Tensions over the Ukraine-Russia crisis have been simmering for more than two months. In late 2021, October to be precised, Russia commenced moving troops and military equipment near it’s border with Ukraine. Military equipment include main battle tanks, self-propelled howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems, Iskander short-range ballistic missile systems, and towed artillery.
President Putin while mounting this build-up aggressively stated that Ukraine is historically part of Russia and that Kiev needs to return to the Russian fold.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military assault on Ukraine in the early hours of 24 February. Ukraine woke up with explosions, missiles and bombs from Russia descended and continued.
Russian military is tremendously stronger than Ukraine’s military and the United States and other NATO countries have made it clear they will not deploy their forces to Ukraine to repel a Russian invasion. Even if they do, President Putin has threatened to release attack on any interference as well as expand the war.
President Putin is working towards a political and economical purpose. He is rooting for a significant change in international politics by encroaching along Russia’s borders with Finland and the Baltic states and moves south through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and finally to East Asia along China’s southern wing.
This is World War III because World Wars usually begin with invasion and Russia is always and always part of World Wars, also allies will begin to build up very soon and quickly.
Ripples of this invasion is already reaching other countries as stranded Nigerians send SOS to Buhari and demand evacuation. Air India planning to operate two flights to Bucharest to evacuate Indians got stranded in Ukraine.
Of course, Global market faces major setback as Russia is one of the highest exporter of oil and natural gas. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rattles global financial and energy markets, causing oil prices to soar and financial blocs to fall.
Majority of the world has commented that Former President of America, Donald Trump, is as vicious and crazy as President Putin that is why Putin did not commence his attack during his term.
However, a wise global response is critically needed to limit the damages in Ukraine and quell the imminent World War III.