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This Happened - February 24: Russia Invades Ukraine

On this day one year ago, Russia invaded Ukraine.


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Why did Russia invade Ukraine?

Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine in a steep escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War. The campaign had been preceded by a Russian military buildup since early 2021 and numerous Russian demands for security measures and legal prohibitions against Ukraine joining NATO.

Was Ukraine ever part of Russia?

Ukraine gained independence in 1991 as the Soviet Union dissolved, and declared itself neutral. A new constitution was adopted in 1996. A series of mass demonstrations, known as the Euromaidan, led to the establishment of a new government in 2014 after an uprising against its pro--Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Russian Air Strikes, Sudan Ceasefire Talks Continue, Seismic “Rock” Music

The view of a residential building damaged by Russian drone air strikes in Kyiv, after Moscow launched a series of attacks on the Ukrainian capital and several other cities.

Anne-Sophie Goninet & Sophie Jacquier

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Welcome to Monday, where Russia launches a new series of air strikes on Ukraine ahead of Moscow’s World War II Victory Day, Sudan’s warring sides meet again for ceasefire talks in Saudi Arabia and a computer program gives a new meaning to “rock” music. Meanwhile, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda features exclusive testimony from children who managed to escape Russia’s so-called “filtration camps.”

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