“Mysticals, gather around,” whispered Verum urgently, “A monumental world event is taking place. On February 24, Russia began invading its neighbor Ukraine.”

“What?” said a shocked Orak, “How did this happen?”

“Early that morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech. In the speech, he claimed Russia felt unsafe due to a constant threat from Ukraine,” explained Verum, “Immediately after the speech, Russia attacked Ukrainian airports and military headquarters. Then, tanks and troops began entering Ukraine through various borders.”

“Oh, no,” said Scorch, “That must be so scary for the people in Ukraine.”

“Why is Russia attacking it though?” said Felix.

“To understand it, we first need to know a bit of Ukraine’s history. Until 1991, Ukraine and Russia used to be a part of the Soviet Union. Russia was the biggest and most powerful part of it,” answered Verum, “After the Soviet Union fell apart, Ukraine declared its independence. Since then, Russia has tried to keep Ukraine under its influence.

But over the years, Ukraine has moved closer to the West. It has shown interest in joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO is a military alliance between 28 European countries and two North American ones. Along with this, Ukraine has also wanted to join the European Union (EU).

When Russia found out about this, it supported and encouraged two Russian-speaking regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, to separate from Ukraine in 2014. Since then, there has been some conflict between the two countries.”

“Oh, how is the West responding to this invasion?” said Scorch.

“Well, Ukraine has decided to keep fighting. It reached out to the UN, the EU, and other countries, including India for help,” said Verum, “Countries from the European Union have been purchasing arms and sending them to Ukraine. On the other hand, countries like the United States (US), Japan, United Kingdom (UK), EU, and Canada have put financial constraints on Russia. But so far, they haven’t sent troops or fought on Ukraine’s behalf.

Russia has threatened the US and other countries with highly destructive nuclear weapons if they interfere.”

“It’s a difficult situation all around,” said Orak.