Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to impact U.S. six months in
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) – Six months of war have gone by. Russian President Vladimir Putin thought it would be a quick and seamless invasion, but thanks to push back from Ukrainians, that hasn't been the case.
In February, Dr. Ruchan Kaya, a professor at Austin College, explained the impacts this war would likely have on Texans.
"Paying a slightly higher energy price, it's what they're calling a 'Freedom Tax' nowadays,’ Dr. Kaya said. “They are paying for our freedom and protecting the western world."
When Russia first invaded, their assumption was that Ukraine would accept defeat early.
"Putin and his allies were saying that they could end the war in just days. They were expecting the Ukrainian comrades [to welcome them] just with open arms," Kaya said.
Ukrainians expected Russia to retreat once they saw them put up a fight. That too, didn't happen.
"The West did not really feel like Ukraine committed itself for defending the nation,” Kaya said. “But in the end, I think what we saw is that Ukrainians have been the stars of this war so far."
Kaya believes this lack of success may make Russians critical of their leader. Following the recent death of his predecessor, Mikhail Gorbachev, Russians might see Putin in the same way.
"People see him as the person who revived Russia to what it is today. But then again, of course, there is this other side in which people also see Putin making some mistakes nowadays, including the invasion of Ukraine."
Right now, Kaya says the best thing Americans can do is keep talking about the war to benefit Ukraine.
"Public support is extremely important for a leader's commitment. If there is not much public support, the leaders support for Ukraine is going to continue to go down as well."
Kaya said he doesn't expect the war to end any time soon unless one side completely gives up.