The invasion of Russia to Ukraine have turned this conflict into a war, but the tension between these two countries falls way long ago. This year has come full of new attacks and more aggression between these nations. Since this war is developing and expanding very fast, it is proper to make a summary. Even though this precise stage of the conflict started at the end of last year. It had been mainly warnings between the involved countries’ leaders, Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin; United States’ President, Joe Biden; and Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Officially on February 24, 2022, Russia declares war on Ukraine and started with the attacks. Here, we will overview the most outstanding events of this war so far, this 2022.
On January 17, Russian soldiers were sent to Belarus for military drills, after the query, Russia claimed that it was aimed at “thwarting external aggression”
On January 19, the United States announces an extra 200 million USD in security aid to Ukraine.
On January 24, NATO asks soldiers to be on standby and reinforces Europe’s eastern defenses by sending ships and fighter jets.
On January 25, Russia starts military exercises near the Ukraine border and in Crimea, which is Moscow-annexed.
On January 26, the US responds to Russia’s security demands, refusing to close the NATO doors to Ukraine because several of Russia’s demands are “unrealistic”.
On January 28, Putin says that Russia’s fundamental concerns have been ignored.
By January 2022, neither Russia nor the US wanted to give in to the other’s petitions. Even though both stated that neither of them wanted to go into war, each stay very firm in their convictions and ideas.
On February 2, 3,000 US soldiers are sent to bolster NATO forces in eastern Europe. Also, it was said that no troops were going to be sent to Ukraine. The warning of severe economic sanctions to Russia if President Putin decides to take military action is told by then.
On February 10, Russia and Belarus start a 10-day military training.
On February 15, Russia says some of its troops are going to be returning to their bases. After this, NATO sees no sign of the previously stated by Russia, and the US claims that Russia is sending reinforcements instead of the said pull out.
On February 18, residents of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk were being evacuated to Russia.
On February 20, Belarus says that the joint military training being held since February 10 is being extended.
On February 21, Russia’s President, Putin, ordered his peacekeeping forces to enter Eastern Ukraine. After recognizing the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as independent ones.
On February 24, Russia declares war on Ukraine. Explosions and attacks started at 5 in the morning striking major cities in Ukraine. President Putin warns other countries to not interfere because consequences will be as nothing seen before.
On February 26, Western allies announce sanctions to Russia, including restrictions to Russia’s central bank and others.
By the start of March, more countries have been expressing their alliance to Ukraine and the willingness to help the country and its people. Ukrainians are trying to get evacuated to different countries, and many nationals are volunteering to fight for their country. It is unclear how this war will end, but neither of the countries involved can deadly attack the other without expecting to be attacked back.