Tragedy Strikes: Reflecting on the Ukraine War

By Tyler Patel

September 22, 2023

The Ukraine war, which has been going on for several years, continues to be a source of concern and tragedy. According to BBC News, recently on September 6th President Zelenskyy has condemned a "deliberate" attack on Ukraine's “peaceful city” of Kostyantynivka. Author Paul Adams stated, “Fifteen people, including a child, were killed in the blast, which took place on a busy market street in the middle of the day.”

Ukraine has been in conflict since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. This has led to a long-lasting simmering  fight in the east, characterized by violence, displacement, and loss of life. In February 2022, Russian president Putin sent troops across the border in what he announced was a “Special Military Operation”. His reasoning was  that NATO was a threat and that Ukraine had a “Nazi” regime, along with it historically being a part of Russia. The U.S. and most of the world has decried that as nonsense, believing it to be an excuse for personal conquest.  The recent attack on a market, in a city that was deemed peaceful, serves as a reminder that the conflict continues on, causing harm to countless individuals. According to BBC News, “Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has blamed Moscow, said those killed were "people who did nothing wrong" - and warned the death toll could increase.”

CCTV, shared by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 

The attack on the market, shops, and a pharmacy highlights the indiscriminate nature of violence that the war has brought to Ukraine. Among the victims, innocent civilians were going about their daily lives, striving to provide for their families and seeking medical care. Their lives were cut short, leaving families and communities devastated. Furthermore, this incident highlights the vulnerability of civilians in the Ukraine war. Despite international calls for negotiations or peace treaties, the conflict continues with citizens unintentionally getting in the way of cross fires.

This tragedy is just one of the many factors that has been brought from the atrocious humanitarian crisis. The war has displaced many people from their homes, disrupted essential services, and left communities to deal with food and medical shortages. Children in particular have witnessed violence, lost their homes, and experienced trauma that will forever stay with them, even at times being deported into Russia from occupied regions. 

This tragedy, with many like it, has amplified the calls for an immediate negotiation to the Ukraine conflict. The community must respond to the cries of those affected and seek peaceful resolutions. The attack on markets, shops, and a pharmacy in a “peaceful city” serves as a reminder of the human cost of the war. This event displays an illustration of how violence knows no boundaries and affects innocent people in the most unexpected places. Other countries must do more to bring an end to this awful conflict going on. We must provide humanitarian aid to those in need, and help Ukraine build up its shattered communities. Only then would be hope for a future where such tragedies like this are a thing of the past.

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