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UKRAINE: The unforeseen resistance

A review of 7 months of war

September 2022

On February 24, 2022, Russia began the invasion of the entire Ukrainian territory. This operation culminated the conflict that began in November 2013, where, in Kyiv, protests began to overthrow Viktor Yanukovych, then president, who would end up fleeing the country.

On March 16, 2014, after an accession referendum, the Russian Parliament ratified the agreement by which Crimea was incorporated into Russia. Days later, pro-Russian forces would seize control of Donetsk, Kharkov, Lugansk, Slaviansk, and Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine.

NATO demands the restoration of Crimea throughout 2021, and the EU threatens penalties against Moscow over the potential for an invasion. Finally, in mid-February, the clashes in Donbas increase and on February 24 the Russian president, Vladimir Putin declares "I have made the decision of a special military operation" which was followed by a number of explosions in the Kiev region, thus beginning an invasion.


  1. Emergence

  2. First phase

  3. Second phase

  4. Ukrainian counteroffensive

  5. Ukrainian resistance

  6. What comes next?

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