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Ukraine v. Russia: What Has Happened So Far?

21st FebRussia announced its independence of two pro-Russian breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
24th FebShortly after, Putin announced his decision to launch a military operation in eastern Ukraine focusing mainly on the “demilitarisation and denazification” of Ukraine. Within minutes of the announcements, explosions were reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, and Donbas. Following such incidents, Zelenskyy announced martial law in Ukraine and that it has severed ties with Russia. A curfew was launched, general mobilization of Ukrainian males was ordered, and Russia took control of the Snake Island.
25th FebIn the early morning, Kyiv was shocked due to the sudden explosions happening from the cruise and ballistic missiles resulting in the shooting down of aircraft which then crashed into the residential area. It was seen as an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces and advance into Kharkiv. Later, it was reported that Russian forces had entered the district of Obolon, Kyiv, and were slowly entering northern Kyiv. 18,000 guns were distributed to the residents to fight and support. By the evening, it was reported by the Pentagon that Russia had not established air supremacy of Ukrainian airspace.
26th FebHeavy fighting was reported in the southern region of Kyiv. Around late afternoon, more than 48 explosions in thirty minutes were reported to have happened around Kyiv. Hundreds of casualties were reported leaving behind destroyed apartments, schools, and buildings. Also, in response to a request, Elon Musk turned on his Starlink service in Ukraine. Amidst the constant attacks, a six-year-old boy was killed and many others were wounded when artillery fire hit the Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv. By the end of the day, Russia had failed to encircle and isolate Kyiv.
27th FebIt was reported that a gas pipeline was blown up by Russian attacks while in the village of Kriachky, an oil depot was ignited. However, firefighters were unable to prevent the fire as they were stuck near Vasylkiv. The Presidential Office was also bombed. Later, Russian forces entered Kharkiv and the fighting started taking place in the city streets. Later, governor Oleh Synehubov announced that the Ukrainian forces had regained full control of Kharkiv.
28th FebThroughout the night, attacks were happening from both sides, and by the morning, a majority of Russian forces stayed in a 30km radius (not much movement was reported). Later, The Times reported that the Wagner Group had been redeployed to assassinate Zelenskyy and they were moving from Africa to Kyiv. Also, the attempts for breakthroughs between the two nations failed. Attacks increased especially in the Western regions in the attempts to fail the Ukrainian air force and disrupt the supply chain. The same day, a diplomatic crisis between Greece-Russia relations sparked.
1st MarMore than 70 Ukrainian servicemen were killed during the Russian shelling of a military post in Okhtyrka, according to Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the governor of Sumy Oblast. During the shelling of Kharkiv, a Russian missile struck the regional government building on Freedom Square, killing at least ten civilians and injuring 35 more. According to UNIAN, a column of 33 military vehicles has arrived in the area. Following Russia’s Defense Ministry’s announcement that it will strike sites in order to prevent “information attacks,”
2nd MarA Russian paratrooper assault was reported by the Ukrainian military near northwest Kharkiv when a military hospital was attacked. According to Ukrainian advisor Oleksiy Arestovych, Ukrainian forces have gone on the offensive for the first time in the war, marching toward Horlivka. At 17:25, a missile damaged the Bangladeshi bulk carrier Banglar Samriddhi at the port of Olvia in Mykolaiv Oblast, setting it on fire and killing a Bangladeshi engineer. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused NATO and the EU of attempting to ignite a nuclear conflict, warning that “World War III would be nuclear and catastrophic.”
3rd MarRussia and Ukraine agreed to provide humanitarian corridors for civilian evacuations during the second round of talks. The Estonian cargo ship Helt sank near Odessa after an explosion; all six crew members on board survived. In addition, Zelenskyy stated that the first group of international volunteers had arrived in Ukraine to combat Russian forces.
4th MarA projectile struck the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, triggering a localized fire in a building that was not part of the reactors. Ukraine’s request for a no-fly zone over the country was denied by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who said it would lead to a full-fledged conflict with Russia. Russia had fired more than 500 missiles at Ukraine, according to the US, and the Russian Kyiv convoy was 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Kyiv.


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