Will Crimea Dispute Put The World At Risk of Another War?

Will Crimea region dispute put the world at risk of another war?

Where two lions wrestle each other, the grass should destroy. Now the Crimea region disputed by both Russia and Ukraine seems to be in such a hopeless situation, as a row over the region erupted between NATO countries supporting Ukraine on one side and Russia on the other side.

Nearly 70 years after the end of the World War II, a tension is now mounting between some of the world’s most powerful countries.

The row between Russia and Ukraine over the ownership of the Crimea region has attracted the attention of Western powers, in particular the United States and the UK who have been closely watching the situation in the troubled Crimea region.

A great fear is now facing the whole world; because of Russian president Vladmir Putin threatening his country will use nuclear weapons over the region’s ownership dispute with Ukraine.

The political tension between Russia and the West deteriorated when in early February, the United States said it was considering sending arms to Ukraine to help it fend off the pro-Russian rebels fighting in the Crimea region.

The deployment of 35 British military trainees into the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaive is fueling the already unsettled situation in the region. This is believed to be one of the major causes for Vladmir Putin threatening the use of nuclear weapons, because Russia may see the move to be somewhat like NATO regrouping in the area.

The Russian government is committed to consolidating its control of the Crimea region, while Ukraine with support from the West tries to regain the area from Moscow. The issue is not only the Crimea region, but there may be other hidden ambitions for Russia which are yet to be revealed.

Many believe that Moscow has never despaired of its long-existing dreams of reorganizing the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which existed between 1922 and 1991 and consisted of 12 countries.

From that date Russia was not happy with the EU, because Europe benefited from the destruction of the Soviet Union and most USSR member countries are now known as East Europeans.

However, Will the Crimea region dispute be the resumption of the Cold War between United States and Russia? Or will it be the eruption of the 3rd world war? These are the yet unanswered questions which are surrounding in the minds of a lot of people.

Now we are in 2015 not in 1945 and if, as it is threatening, the Russian government uses nuclear weapons, it will have been more catastrophic than what happened in August 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the final stages of World War II.

I am saying this is true, because the more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction in the world currently, that did not exist in the time of World War I or World War II. Even if they don’t use arms, the return of the Cold War will have created a vacuum that will advantage terrorists to get heavy weapons.

Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter. Shafi’i has extensive experience in journalism, international relations, and football management. He is the founder of Somali Sports Press Association, a long-time sports journalist and a member of the International Sports Press Association.

Shafi’i has a Master’s Degree in international Relations obtained at De Montfort University in Leicester and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Multimedia journalism from the University of Northampton. The photo shows Shafi’i in action while at CAF Centre of Excellence in Cameroon.