Russia was enraged by Zelensky’s request to join NATO, and it began stationing troops along the Ukraine border. [Image: courtesy]
Europe—On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a military assault against Ukraine. The armies entered Ukraine from multiple routes, sparking fears of a European conflict over Russia’s demands for a stop to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) eastward expansion.

For months, Putin denied that he was plotting an invasion. In a televised statement today, he said he had ordered “a special military action” to safeguard Russian citizens who had been victims of “genocide” in Ukraine.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have existed for many years. Tensions rose in 2021, however, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pushed US President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine to join NATO.

Ukraine is a democratic country with a population of 44 million people and a history dating back over 1,000 years. It is also, after Russia, the largest country in Europe by area.

It voted for independence from Moscow after the demise of the Soviet Union. Putin sees Ukraine as a man-made country ripped out of Russia by adversaries. He has also referred to Ukraine as a Western puppet.

Russia was enraged by Zelensky’s request to join NATO, and it began stationing troops along the Ukraine border.

The US observed unexpected Russian army movements near the Ukrainian border on November 10, 2021. On November 28, Ukraine announced that Russia has amassed about 92,000 troops in preparation for an attack in late January or early February.

Moscow, on the other hand, disputed it, accusing Kyiv of conducting its own military buildup.

President Biden issued a warning in December that if Russia invaded Ukraine, he would face heavy consequences. Putin has wanted assurances from the West and Ukraine that the country will not join NATO.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have risen previously. In 2014, Russia attacked Ukraine and occupied Crimea. Large swaths of eastern Ukraine were captured by rebels backed by President Putin, who battled the army. When its pro-Russian government was overthrown, the attack began. Since then, approximately 14,000 people have died as a result of the conflict.

According to a 2001 poll, nearly half of Ukrainians favored their country’s exit from the Soviet Union. More than 80% of people now favor Ukraine’s independence.

Ukraine’s military said at least “50 Russian occupiers” were killed as Russia continued to unleash missiles. “Shchastya has been subdued. There were 50 Russian occupiers slain. In the Kramatorsk district, another Russian jet was shot down. This is the sixth installment “According to Ukraine’s military.

The border guards also said that Russian forces were attacking from multiple directions with rockets and helicopters.

President Zelensky had instructed Ukraine’s soldiers to “inflict maximum casualties against the invader,” according to Major General Valeriy Zaluzhny.

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