Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

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July 5, 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022, at around 5 a.m. Kyiv time, with a broad military invasion of the Russian Federation forces into Ukraine from the direction of Russia, Belarus and Crimea, and units of the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR). The armies launched an offensive in four main directions - from the north towards Kiev, from the northeast towards Kharkiv, from the southeast from the Donbass and from the south from the Crimea. The conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine began in 2014 after the Euromaidan, which was followed by the Russian annexation of Crimea and conflicts in the Donbas area. In the Russian Federation and Belarus, this conflict is often referred to as a "special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic", while in some countries it is also known as "war aggression". Numerous warnings about the upcoming invasion were published in the media. from October 2021, but Russian top officials have consistently denied preparations for war with Ukraine. Immediately before the invasion, Russia requested that Ukraine be legally banned from entering the NATO military alliance. On February 21, 2022, Russia recognized two self-proclaimed states within Ukraine's borders — the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic. Putin expressed Russian irredentist views and questioned Ukraine's right to statehood. Trying to provide a casus belli, Putin accused Ukraine of committing genocide against its Russian speakers; the accusation has been widely described as baseless. Experts believe that Russia created a separatist movement in the Donbass, after which it used the recognition of the DNR and LNR as a basis for the invasion. On February 21, the armed forces of the Russian Federation entered the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. On February 24, around 5 am local time, the President of Russia — Vladimir Putin, announced a "special military operation" in eastern Ukraine. Minutes later, rocket strikes began at locations across Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv. The Ukrainian border service announced that its border crossings with Russia and Belarus were attacked. Two hours later the ground army of Russia entered the country. President of Ukraine Volodymyr