War in Ukraine: A week that shook the world | DW News



Since the first tanks rolled into eastern Ukraine early on February 24, Russia has intensified its attacks across Ukraine. Explosions and shelling have been reported in several major cities, including Kharkiv, Mariupol and the capital, Kyiv. On March 3, Russia announced that its troops had taken control of the strategic city of Kherson, in southern Ukraine. This map shows how far the Russian troops have advanced.

Shortly after the attacks started, people began fleeing Ukraine’s cities and villages. They headed overland to neighboring countries in the west and southwest, forming huge lines at the border crossings. The European Union is preparing for millions of refugees to arrive in the bloc and has promised that all war refugees will be accepted.

On March 2, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a motion to demand that Russia stop its offensive in Ukraine and withdraw all its troops, deploring Russia’s “aggression” against Ukraine “in the strongest terms.” General Assembly resolutions aren’t legally binding.

Russia’s military outnumbers Ukraine’s in virtually every way — on land, at sea and in the air. The only area where Russia and Ukraine are on par militarily is active personnel. On February 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree ordering the general mobilization of the population. Conscripts and reservists will be called up over the next 90 days to “ensure the defense of the state, maintaining combat and mobilization readiness.” All men between the ages of 18 and 60 have been prohibited from leaving the country.

Prior to Russia’s invasion, NATO had already begun building up its presence on Europe’s eastern flank. In early February, the US sent additional troops to NATO members in the east. Germany sent troop reinforcements to Lithuania in mid-February. Ukraine is not a member of the NATO security alliance, and Russia has repeatedly demanded guarantees to deny membership for Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin regards the eastward expansion of NATO as a threat to the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.

The history of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine dates to the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. As Ukraine has oriented itself more toward the European Union, tensions have escalated, particularly since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and separatists gained control of Donetsk and Luhansk in the east.

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26 comments

  1. Time for the west to wake up…. Its clear that despite decades of planning and effort the world is still fundamentally polarised. West's struggle with reliable allies is becoming apparent. So-called close allies like India are almost playing the role of a backstabber when they are needed the most.

  2. PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY HAS SO MUCH TALK….THAT'S WHY OTHER DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY IS RELUCTANT TO GIVE THEIR SUPPORT TO HIS REGIME ..LIKE ISRAEL HOW COULD ISRAEL GIVE THEIR MILITARY HARDWARE IF HE IS TELLING THE WHOLE WORLD PLACING ISRAEL INTO DANGER.INVITING THE RUSSIAN TO HATE ISRAEL..THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF AN ACTOR POLITICIAN..HE DOES'NT KNOW WHAT IS THE WORD SECRET….SHOULD HE ACT FROM THE TIME HE RECEIVED INTELLIGENCE REPORT THAT RUSSIA IS ON THE BORDER OF UKRAINE WAITING AN ORDER TO ATTACK UKRAINE…HIS COUNTRY DEFENSE MINISTRY HAVE ALREADY MADE AND ADVANCE MOVE///BY CUTTING ALL POSSIBLE ROUTE TO HIS CITY..BUT NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE UNTIL THEY WERE BEEN ATTACKED..HE KNOWS THAT UKRAINE ARMY IS OUT NUMBERED. OUTGUN. IN THIS INSTANCE HE HAS A CHANCE TO PUT UP ADVANCE DEFENSE AGAINST HIS ENEMIES THE RUSSIAN ARMY CONVOY CAN NOT MOVE IF HE ORDER HIS ARMY TO CUT THE ROADS LEADING TO HIS CITY..HE LET THE CONVOY ENTER FREE TO HIS CITY..PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAS KNOW KNOWLEDGE AT ALL ABOUT WAR TECNIQUE AND STRATEGIES WHY ISRAEL DURING YUMKIPUR WAR 7 ARAB NATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL…

  3. Фашисты, фашистов поддерживают? Россия уничтожит фашизм как уничтожила в 1945

  4. What lies and forgeries are the countries participating in the North Atlantic Bloc willing to commit in order to hide their true goals. The Russian people endured a lot of insults from the United States and their puppets. Russia was silent even when NATO bombed Iraq and Yugoslavia. It's time to understand that Russia will not allow to do with itself what NATO countries are used to doing with neutral countries. The more sanctions and fakes against Russia, the greater the cohesion of citizens.

  5. In the Kherson region
    The sowing campaign has been disrupted, almost certainly, but this is the fault of the Ukrainian side, because farmers are intimidated and do not want to buy Russian diesel fuel and cooperate with the Russian authorities, because they face 15 years in prison for this under Ukrainian laws. Zelensky is doing everything to arrange a famine in Ukraine.

  6. porquim javardin pinoquio (путин) самый лжец-мошенник во вселенной, потому что он убил больше, чем тех, кого он называет факсимильными работниками и нацистами, потому что даже АДОЛЬФО ГИТЛЕР не убил столько людей за столько лет войны, сколько этот РУССКИЙ убийца, да упокоится Господь его как змей и суше соломы и умирают в муках и с насмешкой над агонией смерти, сантаназ никогда не побеждает сила БОГА, да здравствует украина и все кто борется со злом мироздания и ему подобным, будте украинцами ЛЮДИ И КТО ВАМ ПОМОГАЕТ ГОЛОСОВ ЭТОГО ПОРТУГАЛЬЦА, КОТОРЫЕ HEIDE МЕНЯ ПРИСОЕДИНЯЮТСЯ К ВАМ В ЭТОЙ НЕРАВНОЙ ВОЙНЕ

  7. 21:00 min. Someone Fart in the Room? 😳🙄🙄😲😲🤭🤭 Everyone went away, for sure very smelly! 🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭

  8. Russia attack ukrine .. c19 slow down…something wrong with ukrine …
    ''we are with mr putin and russian''keep strong russian..💪💪💪'' cook all ukrinean and her best friend'' one nuclear bomb please..

  9. THE WAR IS THE MOTHER OF THE BRAVES AND THE STEPMOTHER OF THE COWARDLIES. 👥⚕️👥

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