War is never good, no matter what the circumstances. However, there could be good things that come from the war that is happening.
We’ve seen many wars happen throughout our history, from civil wars to international world wars. Often brought about because of religion, money, land or politics, for example.
We know that wars have both human and environmental negative impacts, but do they allow for good things to come from them? Let’s take a look at five good things that could come from the war in Ukraine.
Good things that have come from war in the past − despite the hardships
The Second World War saw the introduction of the United Nations and the interconnected ways nations work together, and it helped to introduce radar technology into societies, which has been used in SatNavs.
Also, ultrasound technology was developed for war to detect and destroy enemy boats. However, this technology was later used in the medical field.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine is reaching almost one full year, we wanted to look at some of the good things that, despite the hardships, could come from this war.
These are things that might help see progress in international relations and see progress made in Ukraine’s favour or help stop war happening in other areas of the world.
5. Putin could be overthrown − a race to replace the dictator
This is a very likely point as pressure is already growing on the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Questions are being asked about the war prospects for Russia and his future as leader of the country.
Russian officials are questioning the damage Putin’s war is having on Russia as a nation and whether it is feasible to continue his reign of power.
Will leaders in his political realm start to rebel and try to oust him from power to retain order within Russia and Russia’s status in the international sphere? This is a possible outcome of this war.
4. There could be a move towards using greener energy in Europe − therefore, less reliance on Russian oil
A good thing that could come from the war is energy and positive moves for the environment. More specifically, a move from Russian oil towards green energy usage across the continent of Europe.
We have seen Russia limit the oil reserves getting through to Europe due to international sanctions placed on the country, making it easier for nations to seek other methods of energy.
We could see an increase in the amount of green energy supply in Europe from solar, hydro and wind power, which would be a great outcome for reducing carbon emissions.
3. Other countries might not be invaded − improved international relations
We have seen countries neighbouring Russia and Ukraine start to question their safety from invasion. Could they be the next country in Putin’s race to dominance?
This war has shown that other countries won’t be invaded in the same way. Finland has raised this concern and has sought possible NATO protection.
There is an international commonality that warfare is not welcome, and European countries are trying to put a stop to it as much as they can without all-out war.
2. Ukraine could join NATO after the war − one of the good things that could come from the war in Ukraine
Ukraine has been itching to become a NATO state for a while, but the history it has with Russia made any agreement difficult.
However, this invasion has pushed NATO to agree to have talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about NATO membership.
As Ukraine is a country in an active war, it cannot currently become a member state. However, it is likely to happen after the war, which would be a good step towards greater protection.
1. Ukraine could get Crimea territory back − regaining control of the land
Crimea could become fully restored to Ukrainian control and sovereignty. Ukrainian officials say targeting Crimea is key to stopping the Russian war machine in other parts of occupied Ukraine.
Therefore, it is part of the Ukrainian mission to regain control over the illegally annexed Crimea.
Regaining this territory is likely to come with some form of agreement with Russia to allow them to remove their naval presence in the region.
Those were some of the good things that could come from the war in Ukraine. Do you think any of these are likely to happen?