2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine

2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Wikipedia | March 26, 2022

Featured image: Military situation as of 26 March 2022.

For a more detailed map, see the Russo-Ukrainian War detailed map.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Internationally considered a war of aggression, it is the largest conventional military attack on a European state since World War II. It triggered Europe’s largest refugee crisis since that war, with over 3.7 million Ukrainians leaving the country, and millions more fleeing their homes.

The invasion was a major escalation of the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian conflict that began in 2014. This conflict began with the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, when Russia annexed Crimea, and Russian-backed separatists seized part of south-east Ukraine, starting the war in Donbas. In 2021, Russia began a large military build-up along its border with Ukraine, amassing up to 190,000 troops along with their equipment. Russian president Vladimir Putin espoused irredentist views, questioned Ukraine’s right to statehood, and falsely accused Ukraine of being dominated by neo-Nazis who persecute the Russian-speaking minority. Putin said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had threatened Russia’s security by expanding eastward since the early 2000s – a claim disputed by NATO – and demanded Ukraine be barred from ever joining the alliance. The United States and others accused Russia of planning to attack or invade Ukraine, which Russian officials repeatedly denied as late as 23 February 2022.

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