Conflict in Ukraine: From invasion to German tanks

Ukrainian troopers carry a snatch block again to their restoration automobile after winching a stricken battle tank from a waterlogged ditch and up a hill in the course of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Train known as “Iron Problem” on the Longmoor coaching space, close to Bordon, Hampshire. — AFP/File 

KYIV: President Vladimir Putin launched the most important assault on a European nation since World Conflict II when he ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine on February 24 final yr.

Tens of hundreds of individuals have been killed within the 11-month-old struggle, which seemed set to enter a brand new stage on Wednesday with Germany’s resolution to ship Kyiv a few of its highly effective Leopard tanks.

Here’s a timeline of the primary developments:

February 2022: Invasion

Putin publicizes a “particular army operation” in Ukraine on February 24, saying he needs to demilitarise and “de-Nazify” the nation in addition to defend the predominantly Russian-speaking east from “genocide”.

A full-scale invasion begins, with missile strikes on a number of Ukrainian cities that spark a refugee disaster.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stays within the capital Kyiv to guide the resistance.

The West imposes unprecedented sanctions on Russia and the European Union and the USA sends Ukraine weapons and support.

March: advances within the south however Kyiv holds

Russian forces make beneficial properties within the south, seizing town of Kherson, near the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula.

Russian forces additionally try to encompass Kyiv and take Ukraine’s second metropolis of Kharkiv within the northeast however meet fierce resistance.

A month into the combating, Russia withdraws from the north to concentrate on the jap industrial Donbas area, partly held by Russian-backed separatists, together with the south.

April: Conflict crimes revealed

In early April, AFP discovers the our bodies of at the very least 20 civilians mendacity on a single road within the Kyiv suburb of Bucha — the primary of a number of grisly discoveries in cities that Russian forces had occupied which spark a global outcry and struggle crimes investigations.

Might: Mariupol falls

On Might 21, Russia publicizes the autumn of the southeastern port metropolis of Mariupol, which had been relentlessly bombed, after the final Ukrainian troops holding out at a steelworks give up.

Sweden and Finland request membership in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), fearing they could possibly be future targets of Russian aggression.

June: Donbas battle rages

In June, Russia takes the Donbas metropolis of Severodonetsk after one of many bloodiest battles of the struggle, adopted quickly after by the neighbouring metropolis of Lysychansk.

July: Fuel provides reduce

On July 22, Kyiv and Moscow signal a deal to renew grain exports from Ukraine, in a bid to alleviate a meals disaster aggravated by Russia’s blockade of the nation’s ports.

Russian fuel big Gazprom slashes its provide to Europe by the Nord Stream pipeline, fuelling fears of fuel shortages in Europe.

August: Battle for Bakhmut

Kyiv launches a significant offensive to retake Kherson as a significant battle begins for the jap city of Bakhmut, spearheaded on the Russian facet by the Wagner mercenary group.

September: annexation

Ukraine retakes a whole bunch of cities and villages in a lightning counter-offensive round Kharkiv.

Putin launches a partial draft of 300,000 reservists, sparking an exodus of younger Russian males of army age.

On September 30, he formally annexes the Ukrainian areas of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

October: energy provide hit

On October 8, Ukrainians have a good time after an explosion causes main harm to a bridge linking Crimea to the Russian mainland — an emblem of Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula.

Putin blames Ukrainian secret providers for the assault.

Russian forces retaliated with a barrage of strikes on vitality infrastructure in Kyiv and different cities, leaving hundreds of thousands with out energy in what turns into its new modus operandi all through the winter.

November: retreat from Kherson

On November 9, Moscow orders its troops to retreat from Kherson within the face of advancing Ukrainian forces, marking a shocking defeat in one of many areas it annexed. Jubilant residents hail Ukrainian forces as liberators.

December: Zelensky goes to Washington

On December 22, Zelensky visits Washington on his first abroad journey because the struggle started. He retains on his trademark fatigues for a gathering with President Joe Biden and a historic deal with to Congress.

January 2023: tanks on the way in which

Russia suffers its largest single loss of life because the invasion in a Ukrainian assault on a brief base within the jap city of Makiivka on January 1.

Moscow says 89 troopers had been killed within the hit which results in uncommon shows of public grief in Russia.

On January 25, after a number of appeals from Zelensky, Germany lastly agrees to ship Ukraine a few of its highly effective Leopard tanks and to permit different nations to additionally ship a few of their shares.

On the identical day, Ukraine admits to AFP that it has pulled out of Soledar close to Bakhmut, two weeks after Russia introduced it had ‘liberated’ the mining city.

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