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Withdrawing Nukes, Lessons from Ukraine

Let’s flashback to 1991, after the fall of the USSR a newly independent country was formed and named UKRAINE.


Located in eastern Europe and shares borders with Belarus to the North. Hungry, Slovakia, and Poland to the West. Russia to the East, the sea of Azov, and the Black Sea to the South.


After the USSR fell in December 1991 and got leftover nukes from ‘now Russians’ they were briefly the third-largest nuclear power in the world including 1,900 warheads, 176 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and 44 strategic bombers. 

Having a more powerful atomic bomb compared to the ones dropped on Japan. 

Ukraine decided to denuclearize, and in 1994 U.S, U.K and Russia would guarantee Ukraine’s security in an agreement known as the “Budapest Memorandum”. 

By 1996, Ukraine returned all of its nuclear warheads to Russia in return for economic security and decomposed its nukes for a better peaceful future.


It was a historical and iconic step taken by Ukraine by withdrawing from its nukes and setting up an example for other countries at that time.


Fast forward to 2014, with Putin’s obsession with his forefathers once part of the land. 

Russia annexes Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and provides support for an ongoing insurrection by separatist forces in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk provinces of Ukraine.


Now in present 2022, while invasion has already been in full swing by Russia. 

It can be clearly seen that Ukraine was surely trapped by Russia and moreover U.S and U.K, who took guaranteed for its security. 

Withdrawing nukes was clearly a wrong step toward a secure future for a country, which has been proved now.

Peaceful and denuclearized nations are more worth risky in the world. Superpowers will not think twice before attacking unarmed countries.

 Be it, U.S or U.K, and  Israel, who had done it with Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Palestine. And now Russia is following the footsteps of its fellow superpowers.

With superpowers craze over wars hasn’t yet finished, even after WWII.

 Peace will be a dream for denuclearized nations,with war in Ukraine it can be learned from Ukraine’s lesson.

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