One hundred into Ukraine war, everyone is hurting

The tremendous economic disruption of the Russian Federation — whether authorities in Moscow would like to concede or not — is also having its share of an effect on countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

One hundred into Ukraine war, everyone is hurting
One hundred into Ukraine war, everyone is hurting (Source: Wiki Commons)

It is not a day to be remembered or observed in any meaningful fashion — 100 days since Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine for the start of an outright illegal invasion that was fashionably and preposterously coined as a “special operation” to get rid of Nazis. The Feb. 24 misadventure of Vladimir Putin is taking its toll not only on Ukraine but also on Russia, the Central Asian Republics, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the world at large. And it goes much beyond oil and natural gas to include essential food items because Kyiv is unable to export and Moscow is sanctioned on just about anything and everything.

The International Labor Organization has estimated that close to five million jobs have been lost in Ukraine since the start of the Russian aggression and that this figure could touch seven million if hostilities continue. But that is not all the story: more than five million people have fled to neighboring countries and become refugees, not to speak of the hundreds of thousands who have become internally displaced as a result of the war. The argument has been that even if most of the refugees are over the age of sixty along with women and children, close to three million are of working age.