Grand Valley professor reacts to Russian invasion of Ukraine


LANSING, Mich. — Reactions to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday night poured in from across the country.

Russian forces entered the country from three sides by land, air and sea.

Scott Lingenfelter is a professor of history at Grand Valley State University. He said it’s a very dangerous situation and the timing is interesting.

“The precise timing is a little curious,” Lingenfelter said. “There may be internal reasons for it. There may be things we don’t know. But I think he had reached a point where he had had enough and decided it was time to to move.

Ligenfelter says he wasn’t entirely surprised by Russia’s decision to invade because of signs that date back to last July.

“He was talking about how he felt about this threat from the west and from the leaders in the region,” Lingenfelter said. year, then the reinforcement of troops, which began on the eastern side, then also included the north and the south.

According to Ukrainian officials, so far about 60 people have died and more than 160 people have been injured. Ligenfelter said displaced people would be a serious problem in itself.

“The strategic confrontation between the two countries and maybe even, depending on how NATO is trained in it, will be decided more or less on the battlefield, and then whenever he decides, whenever Putin will decide to stop. But the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding is something very serious. And it has already started, both in Eastern Europe and in Russia,” Lingenfelter said.

Right now, Lingenfelter said all that remains is to be patient and wait to see how it goes. He doesn’t believe Putin will stop and negotiate.

“Over time, and maybe sooner than we would like, NATO forces and Russian forces are going to be uncomfortably close and things can happen,” Lingenfelter said. “When that’s the situation, there’s always this danger of a wider war and I think that’s probably our ultimate fear.

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