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    2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

    On 24 February 2022, Russia-icon.png Russiaball invaded Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball. The event started after a long military crisis and the Russian support of Donetsk-Republic-icon.png Donetsk People's Republicball and Luhansk-Republic-icon.png Luhansk People's Republicball in the days before the invasion. There was also an increase of Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball on 21 February 2022. The invasion was condemned (strongly criticised) by many countryballs. In Russia-icon.png Russiaball, there were many anti-war protests. Many of the protesters were arrested.

    Declaration of War

    At about 06:00 Moscow-icon.png Moscowball time (UTC+3), Russian president Vladimir Putin-icon.png Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" in eastern Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball. Minutes later, missile strikes began at locations across is clay, including in the capital Kiev-icon.png Kyivball. The Ukrainian Border Service stated that its border posts with Russia-icon.png Russiaball and Belarus-icon.png Belarusball were attacked. It is the largest attack by one countryball against another in Europe since World War II, and many fear it will spark World War III.


    Minutes after Vladimir Putin-icon.png Putin's announcement, explosions were heard in Kiev-icon.png Kyivball, Kharkiv-icon.png Kharkivball, Odessa-icon.png Odessaball, and the Donbas. Ukrainian officials said that Russia-icon.png Russiaball landed troops in Odessa-icon.png Odessaball and Mariupol-icon.png Mariupolball and launched cruise and ballistic missiles at airfields, military headquarters, and military depots in Kiev-icon.png Kyivball, Kharkiv-icon.png Kharkivball, and Dnipro-icon.png Dniproball.

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that there would be martial law in Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball. Later, he ordered the Ukrainian Army to kill as many Russian invaders as possible.


    Moments after the invasion on 24 February, Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball said that Russia-icon.png Russiaball captured Chernobyl-icon.png Chernobylball and Pripyatball. After this, USA-icon.png USAball said, "credible reports that Russian soldiers are currently holding the staff of the Chernobyl facilities hostage." At 22:00 (UTC+2), Russian forces captured Snake Islandball after a naval and air attack of its clay. The thirteen border guards on its clay were thought to have been killed in the bombardment after refusing to surrender to a Russian warship. President Zelenskyy announced that the border guards would be posthumously granted the title of Hero of Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball, the countryball's highest honor. However, it was found out later that the border guards were alive and captured by Russian forces.

    On 25 February, while Russian troops approached Kiev-icon.png Kyivball, Zelenskyy asked residents to create Molotov cocktails to "neutralise" the enemy. Vladimir Putin-icon.png Putin, meanwhile, called on the Ukrainian military to overthrow the government. Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball gave 18,000 guns to Kiev-icon.png Kyivball residents who wanted to fight. Some Russian forces have entered northern Kiev-icon.png Kyivball but had not progressed beyond that.

    On 26 February, heavy fighting was reported to the south of Kiev-icon.png Kyivball near Vasylkivball and its air base. A Ukrainian Su-27 fighter had shot down a Russian Il-76 transport plane carrying paratroopers near Vasylkiv. Hundreds of deaths were reported in Kiev-icon.png Kyivball during this battle. That same day, Russia-icon.png Russiaball claimed to have Anschlussed Melitopolball, near the Sea of Azov.

    On 27 February, President Vladimir Putin-icon.png Putin ordered Russia-icon.png Russiaball's nuclear deterrent forces to be on "special alert" because of "aggressive statements" by NATO-icon.png NATOball. That same day, President Zelenskyy announced that the Ukrainian and Russian officials have agreed to meet without conditions. That same day, a Russian airstrike killed over 70 Ukrainian soldiers at a military base in Okhtyrkaball. The Russian offensive has been criticized for civilian deaths and the use of cluster bombs and thermobaric weapons, which may be seen as war crimes.


    On 1 March, Belarus-icon.png Belarusball joined the invasion, supporting Russia-icon.png Russiaball as its troops entered Chernihiv-icon.png Chernihiv Oblastball in northern Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball. On the same day, there was at least one rocket attack on Kiev-icon.png Kyivball; with AFP as a source, media wrote that "Russian strike stirs symbolism at Kyiv Holocaust site".[1] The next day, Russia-icon.png Russiaball claimed to have Anschlussed its first large cityball, the Black Sea port of Kherson-icon.png Kherson Oblastball, as fighting intensifies across many parts of Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball, including civilian areas. That same day, the International Criminal Court began an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball.

    On 3 March, Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball passed a law that states captured Russian military equipment and tanks do not need to be declared, and tax will not be applied on them. The next day, Russian forces attacked and bombed the Zaphorizhzhia nuclear power plant. The main reactor was not hit, and fallout did not occur. However, fears before the conclusion of the battle had caused oil and energy market values to lower. That same day, foreign news outlets (including the BBC, CNN, and many others) stopped their reporting in Russia-icon.png Russiaball, after new legislation threatens 15-year jail terms for spreading "fake news".[2]

    On 5 March, Russia-icon.png Russiaball announced a temporary ceasefire to allow civilians to leave the cityballs of Mariupolball and Volnovakhaball. The next day, Russian missiles destroyed Vinnytsia International Airport, as President Zelenskyy called for a no-fly zone to stop future attacks in Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball.[3]

    On 7 March, Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball rejected a proposal by Moscow-icon.png Moscowball to open refugee passages after Russia-icon.png Russiaball said refugees would only be allowed to reach Belarus-icon.png Belarusball or Russia-icon.png Russiaball.

    Russia-icon.png Russiaball has admitted that it has used Russian conscripts for the invasion; Vladimir Putin-icon.png Putin had previously denied on 7 February that conscripts had been used; Media said that on 9 March, "Basically, Russian law does not allow the use of conscripts in battle outside Russia."[4]

    On 13 March, 30 Russian missiles hit the Yavoriv military base, used for NATO-icon.png NATOball training and close to the border with Poland-icon.png Polandball, killing 35 and injuring 134 others.




    On May 17, Mariupol-icon.png Mariupolball had fallen to Russia-icon.png Russiaball's troops. but, the Ukrainian forces refuse to surrender.


    Before the invasion, the Ukrainian Defense Minister said in December 2021 that an invasion could possible force between three and five million people to flee their homes.

    The president of Moldova-icon.png Moldovaball, Maia Sandu, said over 4,000 Ukrainian citizens had crossed into Moldova-icon.png Moldovaball since the invasion started. Poland-icon.png Polandball is getting ready to see a large number of refugees to enter its clay. To make border crossings easier, Poland-icon.png Polandball lifted Coronavirus-icon.png COVID-19 entry rules. Ukrainian refugees started crossing into Romania-icon.png Romaniaball's clay as well. Most of them entered through Siretball in Suceava Countyball. Romania-icon.png Romaniaball said refugees did not need to quarantine or follow Coronavirus-icon.png COVID-19 rules.

    On 28 February, UN-icon.png UNball reported more than 500,000 refugees have fled from Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball into nearby countries. Two days later, they reported that over a million refugees have now fled to other countryballs.

    Worldwide reactions

    USA-icon.png U.S. President File:Joe-icon.png Joe Biden said there would be sanctions on banks VEB.RF and Promsvyazbank.

    On 24 February, the Prime Minister of Australia-icon.png Australiaball Scott Morrison said there would be travel bans. There would also be financial sanctions against eight members of Russia-icon.png Russiaball's national security council.

    UK-icon.png UKball, UN-icon.png UNball, France-icon.png Franceball, Germany-icon.png Germanyball, Spain-icon.png Spainball, Japan-icon.png Japanball, Sweden-icon.png Swedenball, Turkey-icon.png Turkeyball, Norway-icon.png Norwayball, Canada-icon.png Canadaball, and Italy-icon.png Italyball have also disagreed with the invasion.

    On 24 February 2022, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said the group has allowed "massive" actions that would target technological transfers, Russian banks and Russian assets. That same day, President Putin said Western countries that take part in the actions "will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history.[5] All relevant decisions have been taken. I hope you hear me".[6]

    On 26 February, EU-icon.png EUball, USA-icon.png USAball, and their alliessay that they support in removing Russian banks from the SWIFT payment system. The next day, many European countryballs announce a ban on Russian flights in their airspace.

    On the same day, the normally passive Finland-icon.png Finlandball and Sweden-icon.png Swedenball had said if Russia-icon.png Russiaball attacked other countries further than Ukraine-icon.png Ukraineball, they would apply for NATO-icon.png NATOball membership, despite Russia warning them that it could attack due to that action specifically.

    On 28 February, in a rare event, Switzerland-icon.png Switzerlandball, Monaco-icon.png Monacoball, Singapore-icon.png Tringapore, and South Korea-icon.png South Koreaball put in place economic sanctions on Russia-icon.png Russiaball such as controlling exports and assets. These countryballs were always once seen as neutral during global conflicts.

    On March 2, media said that Elina Svitolina - tennis player who so far has advanced from the first round of the competition Monterrey Open - is going to give her prize money to the Ukrainian Army.

    On March 3, media said that USA-icon.png USAball canceled a scheduled test of a Minute Man III missile.

    The street intersection that is closest to the Embassy of Russia, Oslo will get the name "Ukraine square" (Ukrainas plass)[7]; Authorities of Frogner Borough in Oslo-icon.png Osloball, Norway-icon.png Norwayball made that decision on 8 March 2022.[7]

    On March 16, USA-icon.png U.S. President Joe Biden-icon.png Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin-icon.png Vladimir Putin a war criminal.


    EU-icon.png EUball has put sanctions on Vladimir Putin-icon.png Putin and the Russian foreign minister, as of March 3.

    AIIB is stopping loans to Russia-icon.png Russiaball and Belarus-icon.png Belarusball, media said on March 4.[8]


    See also

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