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Russia invades Ukraine

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On orders from President Vladimir Putin, Russia began what is now regarded as Europe’s largest ground conflict since World War II as troops invaded the neighboring nation of Ukraine on February 24.

The attack comes after weeks of Putin openly denying his invasion plans, yet amassing hundreds of thousands of soldiers to surround the Ukrainian borders.


Russia has supposedly taken offense to the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with Ukraine joining the military alliance.


Reports also came in that Putin and his allies spread propaganda about Ukrainian aggression and threats, in order to justify his order to attack as Russia “defending” itself.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the country as the invasion seemed imminent, saying that “If they try to take our country away from us, our freedom, our lives, the lives of our children, we will defend ourselves”.


As dawn broke in cities across the nation, including the capital Kyiv, citizens were awakened by explosions from Russian airstrikes as the military marched in to take out military command centers, and later on, seize control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant.


Crimea, a nation annexed by Russia in 2014, and Belarus, moved in tandem with the Russian military to storm Ukraine in a multi-pronged attack.


Martial law has been declared in the country as the fighting continues as of writing, with citizens hiding in fear, reports of at least 137 people killed on the invasion’s first day, and Russian forces rampaging towards the capital city.


The majority of world leaders have heavily condemned Putin’s actions as well as demanded he cease the invasion, though no other nation has considered deploying troops to the area.


United States President Joe Biden stated that Putin set in motion premeditated aggression that would result in “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering”, and that he would work with world leaders to hold the Russian president accountable for the attack.


Economic sanctions have been placed upon Russia by numerous countries in response to the invasion.


Meanwhile, in Russia itself, many officials, as well as citizens, have voiced strong opposition and condemnation of Putin’s attack, with resignations and protests surging to show support for Ukraine.


The Philippines, unlike its neighboring nations such as Taiwan and Japan, has stated that it shall remain “neutral for now” on the Russian invasion, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Photo: AFP via Getty Images


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