On February 24, 2022, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In about two weeks, Russia’s invasion killed over 2,000 Ukrainian citizens. Because of this, many countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have put restrictions on Russia in categories of trade, banking, and more. For example, countries like the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada have put a ban on the SWIFT banking system in Russia
Since February 24, 2022, Russia invading Ukraine has affected the whole world. Although, Ukraine has especially been affected in other ways besides the war. According to CNN, there have been over 2,000 Ukrainian civilian deaths, that does not include soldiers that are fighting in the Ukrainian military. On March 9, 2022, Russia bombed a childrens’ hospital in Mauripol, Ukraine, which happened after Russia had agreed to take a pause for 12 days so Ukrainian citizens could empty the cities and towns. According to CNBC, the bombing called for the wreckage area to be made a no-fly zone for Russian aircraft.
Aside from no-fly zones and economic restrictions by NATO, Russia put restrictions on social media platforms like Facebook to block the spread of “false information.” However, not all social media platforms have been prohibited, platforms like TikTok and Twitter are still up, but they have some new regulations. With the various restrictions in place, Russian citizens are finding a way around the bans with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). VPNs are used worldwide by people so their personal information will not get leaked out while also being able to access other public networks not previously available to them. Other than social media, Russia had other countries, especially in NATO, put up restrictions on banking and trading. For example, the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada put a ban on Russia using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT). According to newyorker.com, SWIFT banking system has about 200 countries participating in it.