President Vladimir Putin of Russia recently launched a devastating attack on sections of Ukraine, a European democracy with a population of 44-million people.
Since the attack, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s President reported that at least 137 people were killed in the first day of Russia’s assault and the numbers are expected to rise quickly. Even more so, Ukrainians and non-nationals have since been grappling for survival in an attempt to flee to neighbouring countries such as Poland for safety.
“What are you doing, what is this?… if you want to attack military personnel, attack military personnel” were the words spoken by civilian Yurii Zhyhanov, as he is left to feel the wrath of Russia’s upheaval in his hometown – Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital where his building along with other residents had been struck by shellings and damaged from the Russian military.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has since addressed the situation where he expressed his disapproval in the attack from Russia on Ukraine and publicly stated that he “condemns” and does not support the invasion. He then added that the unfolding events in the European Union are of great concern to global peace and prosperity. Additionally, his speech indicated that Jamaica as a small country with an open economy and society is likely to be affected by the war-torn situation.
However, despite the many cries for an end to the war as well as the rising death toll from Ukrainians and non-nationals, the Russian President cautiously warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would “lead to consequences you have never seen in history”.