In February of 2022, Russia initiated the most significant war in Europe since 1945 against Ukraine to “overrun… and depose its government,” (bbc news) and displaced 13 million people in the process. (For more information on the war in Ukraine and how to donate look under the resources section on this page.) More recently Russia has been criticized for committing war crimes and potentially firing missiles at Poland, but what does this mean for us?

On November 13th Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed that there is an investigation going on in Southern Kherson, they have found over 400 war crimes have been committed by Russia against Ukraine.

Some say, “all is fair in love and war” however this is not the case, there are in fact international humanitarian laws set by the United Nations, that both Russia and Ukraine have to follow even in times of war. According to the Ukrainian President, Russia isn't holding up its end of the bargain. There are multiple cases of, deliberate attacks against civilian targets, massacres of civilians, torture, and rape of women and children, and indiscriminate attacks in densely populated areas, all of which are war crimes, meaning Russia is violating the same laws it founded. Russia has already lost its chair on the United Nations Council and Civil Aviation Organization, despite being one of the founding members.

Once again Russia has been accused of something very problematic, on Tuesday, November 15th there was a foreign missile fired at a territory that belongs to Poland, killing two people in a grain facility. As soon as this information was released the media took off running with speculation, after speculation. At first, all that was known was that a missile was fired at Poland, then a statement came out from the Polish Foreign Ministry identifying the missile as being Russian.

This news was not only shocking to citizens of Poland or neighboring countries, but to many people around the globe. It's easy to see a headline and think that it has nothing to do with the United States and that we shouldn't be worried, however, what most people don't understand is that Poland is a part of NATO. NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it is an alliance of 30 countries from North America and Europe, the goal of NATO is to safeguard freedom in all of its allied countries by military means, the United States is also a member of NATO, and according to Article 5 (collective defense) of NATO, “if an armed attack occurs against one of the member states, it should be considered an attack against all members, and other members shall assist the attacked member, with armed forces if necessary.” Meaning the United States could be drawn into the war if that missile WAS directed at Poland.

Luckily it wasn't too long after NATO launched an investigation in Poland that new information was released, President Joe Biden eased some fear among our nation saying, “It's unlikely [from the lines] of trajectory that it was fired from Russia,”. Although the missile was a Russian missile it is believed that it was a misfire from Ukraine, most likely Ukraine trying to defend itself from the recent large missile attack from Russia.

Nevertheless, The Presidents of The United States, Poland, and other countries in NATO are still trying to remain calm while preparing their citizens for worst case-scenarios as the investigation in Poland IS still active. There is no need for over-specialization or panic, when more is discovered in the investigation there will be another public announcement until then NATO has NOT been invoked, and Russia poses the United States no threat.