For many people in the United States, the tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been a far-off topic. Ukranians, however, have been grappling with it for decades. Now those tensions have turned into Russia’s invasion of a sovereign nation as Ukrainians fight to defend their borders against a much larger country and military force.
It has become all the more clear over the past week that this struggle doesn’t only impact Ukraine and the surrounding region. It has wider-reaching, global implications for democracy and the right of sovereignty and self-determination.