After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in neighboring Ukraine, there were reports of explosions in multiple Ukrainian cities, Axios reports.
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1. Dozens of people are reported to have died so far
According to Axios and the AP, it was confirmed on Thursday that Russian troops crossed the Ukrainian border by land, air and sea from Russia, Belarus and Crimea, killing at least 40 people. As Axios reports, “the Russian military said it was targeting military installations and air bases, but dozens of civilian casualties have been reported and thousands of Ukrainians have been seen trying to flee on social media.”
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2. Putin denied a possible invasion for weeks before finally justifying the invasion as necessary to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine
The invasion is part of a long-standing battle between Ukraine and Russia since 2014, but it escalated on Monday, February 21, when Putin declared that there were two independent “republics” in Ukraine and ordered the Russian military to conduct “peacekeeping operations” there. .
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3. US and European leaders denounced the move as a violation of international law
António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said Monday that he was “deeply concerned” by Russia’s decision, calling it a “violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and contrary to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”. United Nations. “
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4. Russia had a series of demands for its invasion
Russia had made a series of demands, “including a legal guarantee that Ukraine will never join NATO. At the same time, Putin mustered more than 150,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders and conducted unprecedented military exercises, preparing the option to take military action if Russia did not get the concessions it sought,” Axios reported.
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5. This is the first time since World War II that two sovereign European nations have been in conflict of this magnitude
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “Peace on our continent has been disturbed. We now have war in Europe on a scale and of a type that we thought was history.” Reuters reports that it is “the biggest attack from one state on another in Europe since World War II”.
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