Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Tensions Escalate After Putins Demands Rejected
- The War in Ukraine began in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea
- Pro-Russian unrest then erupted in the east and south of Ukraine
- The Minsk II agreements were signed to end the conflict, but it continued as a “Frozen Conflict”
- In 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of infringing on the rights of Russian speakers and demanded that Ukraine be barred from joining NATO
- These demands were rejected, and tensions escalated with the capture of three Ukrainian Navy vessels by the Russian Coast Guard
- On February 24th 2021, Putin ordered a special military operation against Ukraine and air and missile strikes followed shortly afterwards
- Despite initial gains, the Invasion was eventually halted outside of Kiev due to logistical issues and Ukrainian resistance.
Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Struggle for Control of Black Sea Coast
- The Russian forces, with an overwhelming advantage at sea, initiated the invasion by capturing Snake Island and blocking or mining Ukrainian Black Sea ports, causing global wheat shortages
- They then attempted to push west to Odessa, to link up with Transnistria in Moldova
- They surrounded the city of Kharkiv, but eventually failed to take it
- The siege of Mariupol was also brutal and led to many civilian casualties
- A Ukrainian surprise counter-offensive in Kharkiv led to the retreat of Russian forces from the Western Bank of the Daniper River back to Eastern Bank
- Hostilities are still ongoing, with a new phase resembling World War I trench-warfare.
2023: A Look Back After Years of Static in Ukraine War
- The war in Ukraine has become more static
- New offensives have restored some movement to the front
- Ukraine is receiving military aid from the West
- 2023 will provide a recap of the war.