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Russia Launches Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine, World Vows Consequences

Updated: Mar 6, 2022

Most significant military incursion in Europe since the conclusion of WWII

After decades of peace, war has erupted in Europe. We decided to break down the Ukraine-Russia conflict from every angle in bite-sized bits to give our readers an exhaustive understanding of the crisis. We will update this article frequently with the latest updates in the armed conflict and peace process.

For the latest updates in the conflict, click here.

History of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict:

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Timeline of Military Action and Latest Developments:

February 25

"Russia has abused its power today to veto our strong resolution," UN Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield stated. "But Russia cannot veto our voices. Russia cannot veto the Ukrainian people."

February 26

February 27

February 28

“Our goal is to stand alongside all Europeans and, most importantly, to stand on their level,” said President Zelensky.

March 1

  • President Zelenskyy has officially filed for membership in the European Union. While the process of induction into the EU is lengthy, Ukraine already has the support of Ursula Von der Leyen, the President of the European Union Commission. If Ukraine's appeal for membership is accepted, Ukraine will be eligible for military support from any and all EU nations under the EU's mutual defense clause.

  • A large explosion struck central Kharkiv directly in front of the city’s administrative building, another brutal attack on Ukraine's second city. Similar air attacks are expected to increase in size and scope in Kyiv and Kharkiv in coming days, raising questions as to whether Russian forces hope to occupy or just surround the cities.

  • More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed by a Russian rocket attack at a military base in Okhtyrka. Ukraine authorities have accused Moscow of engaging in “barbaric tactics” and war crimes as the death toll from the Russian invasion mounts on the sixth day.

  • Kyiv's central TV station antenna and the country's main Holocaust memorial were hit by Russian airstrikes that left several dead and wounded. The country's TV stations went down as a result, leaving residents vulnerable to Russian misinformation campaigns broadcasted on backup broadcasts online. Fighting to control Ukraine's communications infrastructure including broadcast, internet, and cybersecurity systems, is likely to ramp up.

March 2

  • Bombardment intensified in Kyiv as Russian tanks continued their slow advance to the capital.

  • An assassination plot against President Zelensky by Chechen special forces was foiled, as the Ukrainian leader shows resolve and invites danger by staying in Kyiv. Zelensky requested more international assistance and a second round of talks between Ukraine and Russia is scheduled for today.

  • At least 136 civilians and about 2,000 Russian soldiers have died, Ukrainian and UN officials said.

  • More than 800,000 refugees have fled Ukraine during Russia's invasion in what "looks set to become Europe's largest refugee crisis this century." About 450,00 of those refugees have entered Poland.

  • The Mayor of Kherson, Igor Kholykayev, announced Russian troops had seized full control of the city and driven out the Ukrainian military. Kherson, a port city of strategic importance near the Black Sea and Odessa, becomes the first major Ukrainian city to fall to Russian occupation since the beginning of the conflict

March 3

March 4

  • Russian forces shelled Europe’s largest nuclear plant early Friday, sparking a fire as they pressed their attack on a crucial energy-producing Ukrainian city and gained ground in their bid to cut off the country from the sea. The fire has since been put out, but the loss of a power plant that produces nearly one-fifth of Ukraine's energy production is a major loss. Threat of another accidental nuclear disaster has sparked concerns from the Pentagon and the UN Security Council.

March 5 and Onwards

  • For all the most important developments in the ever-changing volatile conflict, read more here.

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Historical Notes:

  • It took Poland 35 days to fall to Nazi Germany’s blitzkrieg invasion from September 1 to October 6, 1939, the event that precipitated the beginning of World War Two.

  • Ukraine officially gained independence from the Soviet Union on December 1, 1991 during the fall of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union itself was dissolved by former President Mikhail Gorbachev on December 31, 1991.

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Notable Quotes from President Biden’s March 1 State of the Union:

  • Set amidst the backdrop of a subsiding global pandemic, record inflation, and the rebalancing of global international affairs, President Joe Biden delivered the annual State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on March 1.

  • President Biden continues to forge alliances with European and NATO allies to use strict and wide ranging economic sanctions to cripple Russia’s economic might.

  • “We, the United States of America, stand with Ukrainian people. Throughout our history, we have learned this lesson. When dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving. The cost to America and the world keeps rising.”

  • “The United States department of justice is assembling a dedicated task force to go after the crimes of the Russian oligarchs. We are joining with European allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments, their private jets. We are coming for you.”

  • “I can announce the United States has worked with 30 other countries to release 16 million barrels of oil from reserves around the world. America will lead that effort. Releasing 30 million barrels and we stand ready to do more if necessary.”

  • “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the East.”

“When the history of this era is written, Putin’s choice to make a totally unjustifiable war on Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger. Liberty, democracy, human dignity – these are forces far more powerful than fear and oppression.”

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Economic Impact:

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Questions Answered:

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Diplomatic and Humanitarian Efforts:

"There is no purgatory for war criminals," Ukraine's Sergiy Kyslytsya told Russia's Vassily Nebenzia. "They go straight to hell, ambassador."

We will update this article frequently with the latest developments in the armed conflict, global response and peace process.


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