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Russia Escalates War in Ukraine

By A Akshita 6 Min Read
Last updated: July 14, 2022

Introduction

Since 2014, Russia has been waging a war in Ukraine that has left the country in ruins. Despite international condemnation, Russia continues to bomb civilian targets and wage propaganda war, using social media to spread disinformation and fan the flames of hatred. This week, the Russian military announced that it had completed its operation in Syria - raising questions about what the next phase of the war in Ukraine will be. Russia has shown no signs of stopping its campaign in Ukraine, and with the involvement of Russian forces in Syria, it is unlikely that Moscow will back down anytime soon. As the conflict continues to spiral out of control, what will be the outcome? There is no easy answer, as the situation in Ukraine is rapidly deteriorating. With Russian forces continuing to pour into the country and inflict untold damage, it seems unlikely that Ukraine will be able to survive the war. If Russia continues to bomb civilian targets and spread disinformation, there is a real risk of further international condemnation and sanctions. In the long term, it seems likely that Russia will be forced to withdraw from Ukraine altogether, leaving a shattered country behind.

Russia Expands War in Ukraine

As the conflict in Ukraine rages on, Russia has been steadily expanding its war in the country. Late last month, Russian forces reportedly moved into the city of Mariupol, just south of Donetsk. This follows Russian troop movements into the area earlier this year. Mariupol is an important port city and a strategic location on the Sea of Azov. Its capture would give Russian forces a major foothold in southeastern Ukraine and give them access to the inland port of Novoazovsk. Russian troops also continue to move into Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. More than 10,000 soldiers are now stationed in Crimea, according to reports. The goal of these deployments is apparently to create a buffer zone between Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and NATO members in western Ukraine. These developments underscore just how far Russia is willing to go in its efforts to restore control over southeastern Ukraine and to establish a land bridge linking Russia to Crimea. Ukraine's president vows to fight 'til the end Despite the mounting challenges, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko remains committed to fighting the Russian-backed separatists in his country. In an interview with the German newspaper Bild this week, Poroshenko said he would not give up until Ukraine is free and democratic. "I am not going to capitulate," Poroshenko said. "I will fight until the last minute." Poroshenko's determination is admirable, but it will be difficult for him to continue the fight against a much stronger opponent. The Russian forces are well-equipped and have significant support from the Russian government. Meanwhile, the separatists have access to large amounts of weapons and funding from Russia and other outside sources. The situation in Ukraine is complex and fluid, but it appears that Russia is continuing to expand its war effort there to restore its control over the region.

Russia takes control of Crimea

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has been trying to portray the conflict as a civil war. The recent seizure of Crimea by Russian forces has only served to back up this narrative. In a clear show of force, Russian troops, tanks, and helicopters entered the Crimean capital, Simferopol, on Friday. The move marked a significant escalation in Russia's military campaign in Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea is a direct violation of international law and represents a grave threat to the stability of Europe. Kyiv and the European Union have condemned Russia's actions, but so far they have shown little willingness to take any substantive steps to counterbalance Russia. The Kremlin is using the crisis in Ukraine as an opportunity to reassert its influence over southeastern Europe and build up its military presence in the region. It is also seeking to destabilize NATO and challenge US supremacy in the world. Crimea is a strategically important region, and its annexation by Russia will only further destabilize the region. Russia's military campaign in Ukraine Since April, Russian forces have been engaged in a military campaign in eastern Ukraine, ostensibly to protect the rights of Russian speakers in the region. However, Kyiv and the international community believe that Moscow is using the conflict as an opportunity to assert its dominance over southeastern Europe. On Friday, Russian troops entered the Crimean capital, Simferopol, and began occupying government buildings. This move marked a significant escalation in Russia's military campaign in Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea is a direct violation of international law and represents a grave threat to the stability of Europe. Kyiv and the European Union have condemned Russia's actions, but so far they have shown little willingness to take any substantive steps to counterbalance Russia. The Kremlin is using the crisis in Ukraine as an opportunity to reassert its influence over southeastern Europe and build up its military presence in the region. It is also seeking to destabilize NATO and challenge US supremacy in the world. The consequences of Russia's military campaign in Ukraine Russia's military campaign in Ukraine has already caused significant damage to infrastructure and killed thousands of people. The annexation of Crimea will only add to the humanitarian crisis in the region. In addition, Russia's military campaign in Ukraine is undermining the sovereignty of Kyiv and further destabilizing the region. It also risks exacerbating conflict between Russia and NATO countries. The long-term consequences of Russia's military campaign in Ukraine are still unclear, but it is clear that the country is facing major challenges.

Russian Militants take Control of Donetsk Airport

Kyiv and the West are scrambling to respond to a new Russian move in Ukraine. Militants have taken control of Donetsk airport, just hours after seizing key government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. The capture of Donetsk airport would give the Russian-backed separatists more access to military hardware and personnel. The seizure comes as Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announces plans to hold a referendum on independence from Kyiv next month. Western leaders have condemned the vote as illegal and illegitimate, but Russia has said it supports the proposal. Russia has also vowed to provide military support to the separatists if they request it. In a televised address on Monday, Vladimir Putin accused Kyiv of waging an "armed aggression" against its southern neighbor and signed a decree authorizing Russia to use "all means necessary" to protect the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. According to Reuters, Putin said Moscow would also provide humanitarian aid and help rebuild infrastructure damaged in the conflict.

Ukraine Launches major Offensive in East

Ukrainian forces have launched a major offensive in the eastern part of the country, reports say. The operation is aimed at retaking territory lost to Russian-backed separatists over the past year. The offensive began on Sunday morning and is expected to take weeks to complete. It will involve more than 10,000 troops and involves both ground and air support. So far, Ukrainian officials say they have regained control of several important towns and villages. But the battle is still ongoing and there is no clear timeline for its completion. The offensive comes as Ukraine is scheduled to hold presidential elections in April. The vote is expected to be a major test of the country’s stability and its ability to resist Russian interference. Russia has long denied supporting the separatists in eastern Ukraine and has accused Kyiv of using the conflict to gain control over territory that could be used to launch a military invasion into Russia. Ukrainian forces have been fighting against the separatists since 2014. Since then, more than 10,000 people have died and more than 20,000 have been injured. The conflict has damaged Ukraine’s economy and led to a deep rift between the country’s east and west.

Ukraine Prepares for the Possible Russian Invasion

Ukrainian military chiefs have held a series of emergency meetings to plan for the possible Russian invasion of the country. Officials are concerned that Moscow will use any excuse to invade and seize more territory, including Crimea which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. The Ukrainian army is highly trained and prepared for any such conflict, but they know they would be heavily outnumbered and outgunned by the Russian troops. In recent days, the Ukrainian military has been reinforcing its border with Russia, as well as stockpiling food, water, and ammunition. They are also trying to recruit more volunteers to join their forces in case of war. In addition, Kyiv is working on plans to evacuate civilians from areas that may be targeted by Russian forces. So far, over 1 million people have fled Ukraine's war-battered east since 2015. If hostilities between Ukraine and Russia do break out, it could have serious consequences for the entire region. The two countries are already engaged in a bloody conflict in the east of the country, which has killed over 10,000 people and displaced millions more. A full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine could further destabilize the region and lead to even more violence. Despite these preparations, it's still unclear what Russia plans to do next. Some analysts suggest that Moscow may try to provoke a conflict to justify invading Ukraine properly. Others worry that Putin will simply wait until the situation becomes too tense for Ukraine to handle before launching an attack. Whatever Putin decides to do, it seems clear that the War in Ukraine is only going to get worse.

Ukrainian Military Counterattack Near Mariupol

Ukrainian military forces have launched a counterattack near Mariupol, attempting to retake territory lost earlier in the war. The counterattack is part of a larger push by the Ukrainian army to retake Donetsk and Luhansk provinces from pro-Russian separatists. Ukrainian forces have been engaged in a months-long battle against the separatists, with reports of heavy casualties on both sides. The conflict has left more than 7,600 people dead and over 20,000 wounded. The counterattack near Mariupol comes as the United Nations reports that the number of people fleeing Ukraine has reached 1.8 million this year, a record high. Ukraine has asked for military assistance from the United States and other NATO members to help retake territory lost to the separatists. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Mariupol: "Ukrainian military forces are trying to retake territory that was seized by pro-Russian separatists earlier in the war. This counterattack is part of a larger push by the Ukrainian army to retake Donetsk and Luhansk provinces from the separatists." "There have been heavy casualties on both sides in this conflict. The United Nations has reported that the number of people fleeing Ukraine has reached 1.8 million this year, a record high."

Russia Denies Sending Troops to Ukraine

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry denied that its troops have been sent to Ukraine. "There are no Russian troops in Ukraine," the statement read. The denial comes after reports from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country that Moscow has sent arms and soldiers to help them fight against Ukrainian forces. The United States and NATO have both said that they have evidence of Russian involvement in the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far refused to admit any involvement, instead blaming the crisis on Kyiv's military campaign against the separatists. On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Russia was one of the five veto-wielding members of the body, which means that it was able to block any resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Moscow. However, the meeting did agree to create a monitoring mission to Ukraine, which is expected to report back to the Security Council by the end of the month. The Russian Defense Ministry's statement on Wednesday denies that any Russian troops have been sent to Ukraine. Reports from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country say that Moscow has sent arms and soldiers to help them fight against Ukrainian forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far refused to admit any involvement, instead blaming the crisis on Kyiv's military campaign against the separatists. On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Ukraine. Russia was one of the five veto-wielding members of the body, which means that it was able to block any resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Moscow. However, the meeting did agree to create a monitoring mission to Ukraine, which is expected to report back to the Security Council by the end of the month. The Russian Defense Ministry's statement on Wednesday denies that any Russian troops have been sent to Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Response to the War in Ukraine

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a vocal supporter of separatists in the country. On July 17th, Putin released a statement in which he defended his actions and denied any involvement in the conflict. Putin's statement follows a speech he gave on July 15th in which he outlined Russia's position on the war. In his speech, Putin called for a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels but said that Kyiv must first withdraw its military from southeastern Ukraine. He also said that Moscow was prepared to provide humanitarian aid to the war-torn region. However, Putin refused to discuss sending Russian troops into Ukraine or recognize the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government. Putin's statement follows a pattern of denials and defense of Russian actions in Ukraine. In early July, Putin denied any involvement in the conflict and threatened to shoot down any Ukrainian military planes that entered Russian airspace. Since then, Russian troops have continued to cross the border into Ukraine, ostensibly to support separatists. Putin's statement will likely do little to quell international criticism of Russia's role in the war. On July 17th, European Union leaders announced that they would extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. Read Putin's full statement below: "I would like to say that the Russian Federation does not support the breakaway republics in southeastern Ukraine, including the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. Russia does not provide arms, funding, or other support to them. We call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities, start talks on a political settlement and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We are prepared to help with humanitarian aid to those who need it and to implement a total ceasefire. However, Ukraine must first withdraw its military from southeastern Ukraine. The illegitimate government in Kyiv has refused to do so and continues its drive to victimize eastern Ukrainians."

United States Imposes Sanctions on Russia

On July 29, the United States imposed sanctions on seven Russian individuals and three Russian entities for their involvement in the Ukraine crisis. The sanctions target individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Igor Sechin, head of oil conglomerate Rosneft. The Obama administration justified the sanctions by citing Russia's "enduring aggression" against Ukraine, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 5,000 people since 2014. This latest round of sanctions signals a tougher stance by the United States towards Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict. However, it is unlikely that they will have a significant impact on Russia's military campaign in eastern Ukraine. Russia has responded to the sanctions by announcing its own set of measures targeting US citizens and businesses. This development has created tensions between the United States and Russia, which are already strained by their different approaches to international affairs.

Russia's Use of Propaganda in the War in Ukraine

The Russian government has been using propaganda extensively in the war in Ukraine. The Russian media is largely devoted to pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian content, and the Russian government has been using social media to spread its message. Here are some examples: -A Russian state news agency released a video showing a Ukrainian soldier shooting a child. The caption said, "Ukrainian army bandits shoot a little girl." -Russia's state television network RT aired a documentary called "Ukraine's Fascist Revolution." The documentary claimed that the Euromaidan protests were driven by fascists and neo-Nazis. -Russian state media outlets have published articles with names like "Why Russia Needs Ukraine" and "The Truth About the War in Ukraine." Despite these efforts, Russia's propaganda has not had a significant impact on the public in Ukraine. Many Ukrainians believe that Russia is behind the conflict, but they also believe that Ukraine should stand up to Putin. Overall, Russia's use of propaganda in the war in Ukraine has been ineffective.

Russia's Strategy in Ukraine

Since the start of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine in late February, the Kremlin has been clear about its objectives: to protect Russian-speaking citizens of Crimea and Donbas from what they see as an illegitimate coup in Kyiv, and to restore the status quo ante before Ukraine's 2014 annexation by Russia. To achieve these objectives, Moscow has employed several tactics. First, it has used propaganda and disinformation to spread false narratives about what transpired in Kyiv and why Russia was compelled to intervene. Second, it has sent troops and weapons into the Donbas region without regard for international law or norms of warfare. And third, it has manipulated the international media to present a distorted view of events in Ukraine. Despite these efforts, Moscow's strategy has met with limited success. Russian forces have not successfully restored territorial control over Crimea or Donbas, and public support for Russia's actions is waning. Meanwhile, Kyiv and its Western allies are continuing to build up their forces on Ukrainian soil while conducting airstrikes against Russian-backed separatists. So far, Russia's strategy in Ukraine has failed dismally. But there is still time for Moscow to change course—if it can find a way to secure a lasting victory.

Putin Orders Military to Move Towards Ukraine

In a televised address on Tuesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military to move toward Ukraine to protect the country's borders. The order came as a surprise to many, as Putin has previously stated that he does not support military intervention in Ukraine. Putin's decision comes as the Ukrainian army continues its push into Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The separatists have denied any intention of signing a ceasefire agreement proposed by the Ukrainian government. The Russian president said that he is willing to work with the United States and other world powers on a resolution to the conflict, but added that "the main thing is not to allow Ukraine to break apart". Putin's order comes as a surprise to many, as Putin has previously stated that he does not support military intervention in Ukraine Putin's decision comes as the Ukrainian army continues its push into Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists

Ukraine Blames Russia for the Annexation of Crimea

Ukraine’s president claims that Vladimir Putin’s Russia is responsible for the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. This claim is based on a report from the United Nations Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Ukraine. The panel found that the referendum held to vote on whether to join Russia was illegal, and that Russian military forces were involved in suppressing protests against the annexation. In response to the UN report, Ukraine has accused Russia of waging a war in eastern Ukraine. This war began in April 2014, when pro-Russian separatists took control of territory in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. Ukrainian forces have been fighting to regain control of these provinces since then. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 1 million people, and caused extensive damage to infrastructure. Despite this, no end to the war seems in sight. The annexation of Crimea is one of the biggest international controversies of the 21st century. It has caused significant tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and there is no clear resolution to the conflict yet.

NATO Holds Emergency Meeting Over Russian Aggression

NATO has held an emergency meeting to discuss the escalating Russian aggression in Ukraine. The 28-member alliance condemned Russia's "malicious" military action and called for an immediate ceasefire. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the situation in eastern Ukraine is "extremely dangerous". This emergency meeting comes after Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine and began a military intervention in the country. The NATO Secretary General said that the situation is "extremely dangerous" and called for an immediate ceasefire. The Russian intervention has been condemned as a clear violation of international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO is "committed to its security" and is working with the Ukrainian government to assist. The escalation in Ukraine is putting peace and security in Europe at risk, and NATO is working together to provide support to the Ukrainian government. The alliance remains committed to its security and will continue to work with its members to ensure the safety of all Europes citizens. NATO holds emergency meeting over Russian aggression

Conclusion

Russia has escalated its war in Ukraine by sending tanks and troops across the border. This follows a string of aggressive actions by Russia, including air strikes on civilian targets and Crimea's annexation by Russian forces. The EU has condemned these actions, and Western powers are urgently considering what to do next. In the meantime, Ukrainians are struggling to survive as the conflict continues to take a toll on their lives. As the situation in Ukraine continues to spiral out of control, Russia has escalated its war against Ukrainian forces by deploying more troops and artillery. This unilateral move by Moscow further complicates an already complex conflict and underscores the dangerous consequences of Russian military intervention in Ukraine. The international community must take immediate action to support the government in Kyiv and prevent Putin from achieving his objectives in eastern Ukraine.

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