The Ukraine Russia war has stunned people across the world. After Russia spent several weeks building up a sizeable military force near the Ukraine border and in neighboring Belarus, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In an aim to “demilitarise” and “de-nazify” Ukraine, missiles rained down on targets across the cities. Russian troops have marched into key cities, including heavy fighting on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv. Here we put down key events of the ongoing 2022 Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launches the Ukraine Russia War

In a televised speech on Thursday, 24th February, Russian Leader Vladimir Putin announced a ‘military operation’ in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine.

As per reports, the Russian administration appealed to Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms and weapons and go home ahead of the offensive.   

He asserted that Russia was intervening as an act of self-defense and to demilitarise the country with no intention to invade Ukraine.

Multiple Explosions across Ukraine

In the early hours of Friday morning, loud explosions were heard in Kyiv as well as Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. After explosions, two multi-story buildings were on fire in Kyiv’s Darnytskyi district. The damage was caused after a Russian military aircraft crashed into a residential high-rise building.

Ukraine Russia War – Citizens fight back

As per reports, the Ukrainian interior ministry said they shot down as many as 7 Russian fighter aircraft and transport planes . There have been reports of hundreds of civilian volunteers taking up arms to defend their country. Also, the Ukrainian army, severely outnumbered, put up a brave face and refused to surrender.

Refugees rush to the borders to flee the Ukraine Russia War

Tens of thousands of civilians have crossed into five countries bordering Western Ukraine.

Thousands have also rushed further south into Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. A large group of Indian students who were in Ukraine, mostly for studies, are stuck in the fiasco. The Indian government is pulling out all stops to safely evacuate them. 250+ students have already been evacuated till now.

Ukraine President says that they will not lay down arms in a new video on Twitter

Taking to Twitter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video on Saturday. In the video, he asserted that a lot of fake rumors and pieces of information have been circulating on the networks that he is calling his army to surrender and there is an evacuation. 

But it turns out that the President announced that he is there in Kyiv and the Ukraine army will not lay down their weapons. He insisted on fighting till the end for Ukraine.

Russian troops disguised as national police in Ukraine Russia war

There have been reports of Russian saboteurs changing their uniform into that of the Ukrainian police and driving up to a checkpoint near Vasilkov and shooting the Ukranian soldiers. 

Ukraine civilians fought Russian Troops with homemade Molotov Cocktails

After the defense ministry asked the citizens to make Molotov cocktails to neutralize the occupier, the citizens destroyed 2 Russian tanks with Molotov cocktails(Petrol, Gasoline) in Kyiv.

Many videos and photos regarding this have been circulating on social media. 

Ukraine Russia War
Pic Credit: Twitter

Taliban’s concern over the Russia-Ukraine War

Amidst the severe war ongoing between Russia and Ukraine, the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan government has issued a statement calling for restraint by both parties has called for restraint by both parties on Friday.

Situation right now

Nearly 198 Ukrainian civilians have been killed till now in the ongoing war, the Ukraine health ministry confirmed, news agency AFP reported.

As the world watches the events unfold, it is left to see how world leaders and NATO respond and if the two countries can stop the war through discussions rather than firepower.

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