On February 24, 2022, Russia starts a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. Putin announced the start of full-scale land, sea, and air assaults against Ukraine, aimed at the country’s military assets and cities. More than a hundred civilians have been murdered in the conflict, which has driven thousands of Ukrainians to escape to neighboring nations. Russia began mobilizing troops and military equipment near the border with Ukraine in October 2021, sparking fears of an assault. More than a million Russian troops were stationed along the Russia-Ukraine border as of December, and US intelligence sources warned that Russia could launch an attack as early as 2022. The United Nations Security Council meets on February 24 to deter Russia from invading Ukraine.
- Ukraine’s crisis began in November 2013.
- Russia launches a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
- More than 50,000 people are thought to have died in Ukraine.
Protests against the Ukrainian president’s decision to reject a deal for economic integration with the European Union sparked the crisis in November 2013. President Yanukovych departed the nation in February 2014 after the unrest escalated. The situation in Ukraine became a worldwide crisis in July 2014. Since the crisis began in 2014, Ukraine has been the subject of various cyber-attacks. An attack in December 2015 killed more than 225,000 people across Ukraine, while a similar attack in areas of Kiev resulted in another power outage in December 2016. The NotPetya cyber assault, which was blamed on Russia, disrupted Ukraine’s government and business computer systems in June 2017. It infected computer systems all around the world, causing billions of dollars in losses.
In October 2018, Ukraine participated in a series of large-scale aircraft drills in western Ukraine with the United States and other NATO members. The drills occurred after Russia’s annual military exercises in September 2018, which were the largest since the Soviet Union’s demise.