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Take a look at some of the main events of the conflict.
February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin start the invasion of Ukraine from the north, east and south.He said the purpose of the “special military operation” was ‘Demilitarization’ and ‘De-Nazi’ Strengthen the country’s powers to protect Russians, prevent Kiev from joining NATO, and keep it within Russia’s “sphere of influence.” Ukraine and the West have accused it of an illegal act of aggression against a country with a democratically elected government and a Jewish president whose relatives were killed in the Holocaust.
Russian forces soon reach the outskirts of Kiev, but their attempts to capture the capital and other cities in the northeast meet stiff resistance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is recording a video outside his headquarters to show that he remains in command.
On March 2, Russia claims control of the southern city of Kherson. At the beginning of March, Russian forces will also capture the rest of the Kherson region and most of the neighboring Zaporizhia region, including Europe’s largest Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Russian troops are soon stranded near Kiev, their convoys stretched along the highway leading to the Ukrainian capital, making them easy prey for Ukrainian artillery and drones.
Moscow announced on March 29 the withdrawal of troops from Kiev and other regions, saying it would focus on the eastern industrial center of Donbass, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014. Stated. Illegal annexation of Crimea.
Russian withdrawal from Kiev reveals Hundreds of civilian corpses Abandoned on the streets of the town of Bucha and in mass graves. Many bear traces of torture, and world leaders say they need to hold Russia accountable for possible war crimes.
On April 9, a Russian missile attack on a railway station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk killed 52 civilians and injured more than 100.
Heavy fighting erupted over Mariupol’s important ports on the Sea of Azov, many of which were reduced to ruins by Russian airstrikes and artillery fire.
On April 13, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the missile cruiser Moskva, was attacked by Ukrainian missiles. set the next day, Hurt national pride.
On May 16, Ukrainian defenders of the giant Azokhstal Steelworks, the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol, said: Surrender to the Russian army after almost three months of siege. Fall of Mariupol Cut off Ukraine from the Azov coast and secure a land route from the Russian border to Crimea.
On May 18, Finland and Sweden submitted their applications for NATO membership, inflicting a major blow on Moscow over expanding military alliances.
More Western weapons are pouring into Ukraine, including multiple US-supplied HIMARS rocket launchers.
June 30, Russian Army turn back from snake islandoff the Black Sea port of Odessa, was seized on the first day of the invasion.
July 22 Russia-Ukraine agreement mediated by Turkey and United Nations in a deal To end the stalemate that has threatened global food security by blocking grain supplies that have stalled in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
On July 29, at least 53 people were killed when a missile hit a prison in the Russian-controlled eastern town of Olenivka, where Ukrainian soldiers captured in Mariupol were being held. Ukraine and Russia have arranged responsibility for the attack.
On August 9, a powerful explosion hit a Crimean air base. A week later, there were further explosions at the substation and ammunition depot. It hints at the vulnerability of Moscow’s annexed Black Sea peninsula, which Russia has used as a major supply base in the war. Ukraine’s top military officer later admitted that the attack on Crimea was launched by Kiev forces.
On August 20, Darya Dugin, daughter of Russian nationalist thinker Alexander Dugin, die in a car bomb explosion Outside Moscow, Russian officials are blaming Ukraine.
On 6 September, Ukrainian forces launched a surprise counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkov area, forcing Russia to rapidly withdraw from the vast area it had been holding for months.
On September 21, Putin ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists, an unpopular move that prompted hundreds of thousands of Russian men to flee to neighboring countries to avoid conscription. ing. At the same time, Russia is rushing to hold illegal “referendums” in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine on whether to become part of Russia. The votes have been widely dismissed as fake by Ukraine and Western countries.
Putin to sign the document on September 30 annex four regions At the Kremlin ceremony.
On October 8, a truck full of explosives was blown up on a bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia, which Putin blamed on Ukraine. Russia has responded with missile attacks on Ukraine’s power plants and other key infrastructure.
After the first wave of attacks on October 10, barrages continued regularly in the months that followed, resulting in blackouts and power rationing across the country.
On November 9, Russia Withdrawal from the city of Kherson Under Ukrainian counterattack, Moscow abandoned the only regional center it had occupied and made a humiliating withdrawal for the Kremlin.
On December 5, the Russian military said: Ukraine uses drones Target two long-range bomber bases deep in Russian territory. Another attack later in the month highlighted Ukraine’s readiness and exposed gaps in Russia’s defenses.
On December 21, Zelensky made his first overseas trip since the start of the war, visiting the United States, meeting with President Joe Biden, securing Patriot air defense missile systems and other weapons, and addressing Congress.
On January 1, just after the New Year, dozens of newly mobilized Russian soldiers were killed in a missile attack in the Ukrainian city of Makyovka. The Russian Defense Ministry said 89 soldiers were killed, but Ukrainian officials put the number in the hundreds.
After months of heavy fighting, Russia declared its capture of the salt-mining town of Soledar on January 12, but Kiev did not acknowledge it until days later. Moscow also pushed its offensive, Bakhmut’s Ukrainian Stronghold.
On January 14, when Russia launched another attack on Ukrainian energy facilities, a Russian missile hit an apartment in the city of Dnipro, killing 45 people.
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