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A world captured by the realities of war and death

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The horror of the coronavirus has passed. Literally from captivity, the world watched its destruction. Visible people have seen the power of an almost invisible virus. This virus has taken away the last property of many people.

Yet while its outbreak has subsided, the world has somehow managed to breathe a sigh of relief. Now at least you can try to turn around.

But that effort was done? Before picking up the ‘wound of the steep on the turn’.

Like the lines of Navarun Bhattacharya’s poem ‘Ekta Fulki Nai’, the war started with great fury. The flash of weapons, the impact of bombs, the rapidity of cannon fire, rockets swarming in the sky, sophisticated missiles. And there is the threat of nuclear weapons.

It started in February last year. Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has referred to the invasion as a ‘war’ himself several times. The world was divided into two. The United States and the Western military alliance, NATO, have announced aid to Ukraine one after the other. Iran and North Korea sided with Russia, although they did not declare it directly. Russia also supported China.

Russia-Ukraine war throughout the year

Vladimir Putin started the year with a new message with a bottle of champagne in hand. In that message, he blamed the West for dividing Russia. Before that, however, Russia sent a New Year’s message to Ukraine through an airstrike in Kiev. Several people were injured.

In response, Ukraine claimed that at least 400 Russian soldiers were killed in a missile attack on the Donetsk region occupied by Russian forces. Russia has acknowledged the casualties but has not given the death toll. Then on January 5, Putin announced a ceasefire for the first time. But the attack did not stop. And like in 2022, America and NATO started providing assistance to Ukraine this year as well.

On January 9, Russia claimed to carry out a large-scale attack on the eastern part of Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, more than six hundred Ukrainian soldiers were killed in this attack. Meanwhile, Ukraine demands resistance. The country says it has blocked Russian forces in the Donbas region. In January, Russia claimed control of the salt mine town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine. The attack on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant began.

Russia continued to attack throughout the year. And Ukraine resisted. However, Ukraine has claimed to attack Russia several times this time. Even pictures of missile attacks on Russian ships were published.

By far the most talked about issue of the year was ‘Wagner’s Rebellion and Suppression’. This country’s mercenary army declared a rebellion against the Russian administration last June. The agency says they will destroy everything to bring down the Russian leadership. Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of Wagner, gave several audio messages about this.

The injured were rescued from a house damaged by the Russian forces.  This scene has been seen throughout the year.  Photo: Reuters

But that doesn’t happen anymore. The uprising was quelled by the intervention of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Prigogine was killed in a plane crash last August. Putin breathed a sigh of relief.

The war lost some of its appeal after the Hamas-Israel conflict erupted in October. Meanwhile, the United States and the European Union (EU) recently failed to agree on providing aid to the country. Before this, however, several European countries, including Poland, stopped sending weapons.

The American think tank Atlantic Council says that this year there is no sign of the end of the war. The war seems likely to continue at least into 2024. But the horrors of war can be reduced. Because in the meantime, the supply of weapons to Ukraine has started to decrease. Russia’s reserves are also running out. Putin is looking at North Korea and Iran. ‘The bottom of the barrel is now visible,’ says Admiral Rob Bauer, NATO’s senior military official.

Israel has been attacking Gaza one after another since October 7.  Photo: Reuters

Cries, floods of blood in Gaza

In just 20 minutes, 5,000 rockets hit. What happened in Israel on October 7 surprised the whole world. More than 1,500 Israelis have been killed so far in this rocket attack by the Palestinian independence armed group Hamas. Hamas attacked ‘Birdarp’ on that day in a thumbs up to Israel’s security and intelligence system.

But the Palestinians have to pay the highest price for this. In response to the attacks by Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began bombing Gaza one after another. Once the land campaign started. Hospitals, shelters and educational institutions were not spared from the attack.

About 16,000 innocent people died in the 2 months until December 5 in this ongoing attack by Israel, claiming to eliminate Hamas. A large number of them are women and children. Anadolu news agency says that 60 percent of the victims are women and children. Millions of Gazans are displaced. Schools, shelters and hospitals turned into graveyards.

At the end of last November, Hamas and Israel agreed to a 7-day ceasefire brokered by Qatar. Hamas released 105 of the 240 hostages. In return, 240 Palestinians were released from Israeli prisons.

After the end of the ceasefire, Israel started to intensify the attacks again. More than 700 Palestinians were killed in one day. And sometimes there are reports of Hamas attacks. Another armed group, Hezbollah, is active on the Lebanese border.

America is on Israel’s side. They are vetoing the ceasefire. Apart from this, there are several countries in Europe including the United Kingdom. Arab leaders oppose it. However, no country is directly in the war zone.

Israel also attacked shelters.  The cry of a lost child.  Photo: Reuters

War is all around

This is about two big wars. But the war is still going on. For example, the rebels are fighting armed against the military government in the neighboring country of Myanmar. There is the renewed war in the Armenia-Azerbaijan region over Nagorno-Karabakh. Websites that monitor and provide information on armed conflicts worldwide, including the International Crisis Group, report that 32 countries in the world are currently in armed conflict, including direct wars, civil wars, attacks by terrorist groups, etc.

Conflicts for political power include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Yemen, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria. , in Ethiopia. Gaza and Ukraine have already been mentioned.

Although the UN-led peace process in Yemen is effective, tensions are rising. Same situation in Ethiopia. At any time, a direct war can be fought again.

Stop fighting, I want to fly with my wings - this is what the child wants to say.  Recently in Ukraine.  Photo: Reuters

War throughout the year. After Corona, this war has turned into another epidemic, which has no end in sight. On the one hand, Hamas is fighting to liberate itself. On the other hand, Israel is determined to eliminate Hamas. And everyone, including the United Nations, is talking about the need for a two-state policy. Nothing is working.

From time to time, what is harmed is the common people. Thousands of children are dying. At birth, they see violence in people. How many people died in one Ukraine war? The same horror in Gaza. Due to the war in Ukraine, the volatile situation in the market is gradually being curbed. The saying of the proverb comes back again and again, ‘A king fights a king, Ulukhagara loses his life’.


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