Updates on Ukraine

Neve O'Brien, MVC writer

On the 30th of November, 2022, a Ukraine embassy worker in Madrid was injured by a bomb while opening a letter. It is thought to be a homemade bomb placed inside the letter. The incident left a “small wound” on the worker’s right ring finger, due to the letter bursting into flames when he opened it. The event is now under investigation by Spain’s top criminal court, the Audencia Nacional.

The reason this attack is held so high in priority is due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The war started due to Vladimir Putin believing Ukraine is part of Russia because the Russians and the Ukrainians are both of Slavic descent; that and Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, was once an important landmark to Russia. 

So far, the U.N. estimate this war has cost the lives of 40,000 people. Over 14.5 million Ukrainians have been removed from their homes due to the conflict, including 6.9 internally displaced people – people who have left their homes but remain in the country – and 7.6 registered refugees. Since the 10th of October, about 30% of Ukraine’s power lines have been destroyed leaving millions without power.

Putin seems to see these troubles as only symptoms of a greater good. He said, “The battlefield to which fate and history have called us is the battlefield for our people, for great historical Russia, for future generations, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”

Currently, the Spanish police are investigating the bombing situation further and looking for possible suspects and connections.