In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump declared that the “war in Ukraine is over.” However, the reality on the ground in Ukraine paints a very different picture. Despite a ceasefire agreement signed in 2015, the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists has continued to rage on.
The war in Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and began to support separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Since then, the conflict has resulted in more than 13,000 deaths and over 1.5 million displaced persons. In addition, the war has had a devastating economic impact on the country, with the IMF estimating that the conflict has cost Ukraine more than $13 billion.
In response to the ongoing war, the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Russia and provided military aid to Ukraine. However, these measures have been largely ineffective in ending the conflict. In fact, the war has only intensified in recent months, with both sides launching offensives that have resulted in civilian casualties.
The failure of the U.S. to bring an end to the war in Ukraine is a stark reminder of the limits of American power. Despite the best efforts of the U.S. and its allies, the war in Ukraine shows no signs of abating. This is a sobering reminder that the U.S. should not be too quick to intervene in other countries’ conflicts, as even the most powerful nation in the world can only do so much.