PRE-INVASION

Timeline By Articles leads you through the chronology but before Putin began to resume his invasion on February 24, 2022 he began on February 24, 2014.

Learn how the West got it so wrong and failed to learn lessons from 2014, and learn Putin's tactics of lies and deceits.

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A message was shared in the diplomatic circles on Feb. 27 that Belarus airborne forces were preparing to invade Ukraine.

As Russia amassed troops on the Ukrainian border, Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, and other Russian officials repeatedly denied that their country had plans to invade Ukraine. They blamed the U.S., Ukraine and others for the tension, insisting that Russia is a “peaceful country” and that it is “not going to attack anyone.”

CBS News senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams said that after weeks of warnings from Washington that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was imminent, when it came down to it, there was almost no direct warning before missiles started falling on Wednesday evening..

Before launching the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II, Putin addressed his nation.

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday asked the upper house of parliament for permission to use Russia's armed forces abroad after formally recognising two eastern Ukrainian regions, the chamber's speaker said.

Russian and Belarusian troops will continue their joint exercises near Ukraine, which were expected to end on Sunday, due to the "escalating situation" in the Donbas region.

Defence minister says soldiers will stay after end of joint exercises due to ‘escalation of situation’ in Donbas.

Belarus's authoritarian leader, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, says he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 18 to discuss "further activities" regarding joint military forces as the two countries hold military exercises together.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that he welcomed a security dialogue with the West, and his military reported pulling back some of its troops near Ukraine. But U.S. President Joe Biden said the U.S. had not verified Russia’s claim and that an invasion was still a distinct possibility.

  • British foreign secretary clashes with Lavrov in Moscow
  • Russia stages drills in Belarus; Ukrainian war games too
  • Germany urges de-escalation, Pentagon speaks to Belarus
  • State Department tells Americans in Ukraine to leave immediately

Exercises come as Russia has amassed forces along its own border with Ukraine.

Russian military forces will leave Belarus once joint exercises between the two ex-Soviet countries are over next month, the Belarusian Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.

U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct “a false-flag operation” in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House.

Russia sent a pair of nuclear-capable long-range bombers to patrol the skies over Belarus on Saturday, a mission intended to underline close defense ties between the two allies amid tensions with the West.

  • Proposals handed over to United States this week
  • Tensions high amid build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine
  • U.S. says it will talk, but some demands unacceptable
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