The parliament of Ukraine has voted to extend martial law and general mobilization a further 90 days—until early May. Both
The parliament of Ukraine has voted to extend martial law and general mobilization a further 90 days—until early May. Both orders were previously set to expire today.
The one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion on February 24 nears. The war has played out far differently—and longer—than initially anticipated. Russia’s territorial gains have been inconsistent and sometimes short-lived, forcing Moscow to change course several times. Conversely, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s successful efforts to rally Western support bolstered Ukraine’s stockpiles and international cache.
The war’s scars are tangible. The invasion expedited Kyiv’s embrace of the EU, as well as Finland and Sweden’s of NATO. Meanwhile, Russia’s attempts to legitimize territorial gains in Eastern Ukraine mirror its entrenched position in Crimea. Globally, consumers have felt financial strain as the war exacerbated ongoing supply chain, inflation and energy issues.
With the vote to extend martial law and mobilization, tensions look set to continue. As European leaders increasingly realize their democracy is at stake, their defense of Ukraine strengthens. The war has shifted Europe’s balance towards conflict, and the future of the continent hinges on continued opposition to Russia’s territorial claims. Expect each side to only further entrench in the short term as a sunk cost and national pride prevail.