What Is Going On In The World? (Feb/Mar 2022) – Feba Sebastian
The world is a very busy place, and it’s hard to stay on top of everything. So, here are a few important events that took place in the last few months.
The 2022 Winter Olympics began in Beijing.
New Zealand snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won a gold medal. This is the first-ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
The Slovakia men’s hockey team wins their first at the Winter Olympics after defeating Sweden in the men’s tournament.
Russian and Ukrainian War (FAQs):
When did Ukraine leave Russia?
Ukraine officially declared itself an independent country on 24th August 1991. Ukraine was formerly part of the Soviet Union.
What is the language in Ukraine and Russia?
Both Russian and Ukrainian are Slavic languages. Russian is the official language of Russia and Belarus. Ukrainian is the sole official national language of Ukraine.
How long have Ukraine and Russia been fighting?
It began on 20th February 2014 and it is still ongoing.
What happened at the peace talk?
Despite both sides agreeing to talk, no immediate ceasefire was declared.
Russia continues to shell major Ukrainian cities and heavy fighting remains in Kharkiv.
President Zelensky has indicated he is not optimistic the talks will lead to a breakthrough and sees little prospect of any meaningful dialogue.
Is Belarus involved?
Belarus is a close ally of Russia. Belarus has supported its eastern neighbour in the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.
Is Belarus controlled by Russia?
Belarus and Russia were both member states of the Soviet Union. Russia has historically always considered Belarus to be Russian territory.
What is NATO?
NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The alliance is among 28 European countries and 2 North American countries. It was established in the aftermath of World War II.
Which countries are in NATO?
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, UK and US.
Which countries are not in NATO?
Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Malta and Sweden.