ukraine conflict timeline

April 2021

Russia sends 100,000s of troops to Ukraine’s borders for ‘military exercises’. Ukraine’s president Zelenskyy pushes to join NATO.

August 2021

Ukraine’s president Zelenskyy visits US president Joe Biden in Washington. Biden confirms Ukraine has not met the requirements to join NATO yet

November 2021

Russia sends more troops to the Ukraine’s border

December 7, 2021

US president Joe Biden speaks with Russia president Vladimir Putin.

December 17, 2021

Russia president Vladimir Putin demands that NATO withdraws troops from Eastern Europe and never allow Ukraine to join.

January 10, 2022

US and Russia delegates meet in Switzerland to resolve the dispute but the parties don’t come to an agreement.

January 24, 2022

NATO puts forces in Eastern Europe on standby, while foreign embassies start evacuating their personnel from Ukraine’s capital Kiev.

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January 26, 2022

Written reposts rom the US to Russia security demands, refusing to bar Ukraine from joining NATO but opening to negotiate on security concerns.

January 31, 2022

Row between US and Russia delegates at special session of the United Nations over Ukraine’s crisis

February 1, 2022

Russia president Vladimir Putin denies his plans to invade Ukraine

February 6, 2022

According to US experts, Russia has amassed 70% of the troops needed to launch an invasion on Ukraine.

February 8, 2022

France president Emmanuel Macron meets with Russia president Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis.

February 10, 2022

UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss and Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meet. Lavrov describes the meeting as ‘a conversation between a mute and a deaf person.’

February 11, 2022

Warned by officials about an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russia, US president Joe Biden sends 3,000 soldiers to Poland.

February 10, 2022

UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss and Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meet. Lavrov describes the meeting as ‘a conversation between a mute and a deaf person.’

February 22, 2022

Russia recognises the independence of two pro-Russians regions of Ukraine.

The War

February 24, 2022

Putin announces a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. Ukraine president Zelenskyy declares martial law. Biden announces the total freezing of the assets of several Russian banks in the U.S.

Russian troops capture Snake Island, Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Ukrainian forces repelled attacks to Konotop and Antonov Airport.

February 25, 2022

Ukraine president Zelenskyy announces full mobilisation and bans males aged 18-60 from leaving the country. The NATO Response Force is activated.

Russian forces captured the city of Melitopol and reached the northern districts of Kiev, while Ukrainian defence repelled an attack to Chernihiv.

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February 26, 2022

Attacks on Kiev and Mykolaiv are repelled by the Ukrainian army.

February 27, 2022

Putin orders to put Russian nuclear deterrence forces on a special regime of combat duty. Russian banks are removed from SWIFT. Turkey acknowledges a state of war exists in the Black Sea, while Zelenskyy agrees to hold peace talks with Russia.

February 28, 2022

Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia delegates ended without an agreement.

March 1, 2022

Independence Square in Kharkiv is struck by a missile. The Kyiv TV tower was also hit earlier in the morning.

March 2, 2022

Russian troops take control of Kherson. For the first time since the beginning of the war, Ukrainian forces go on the offensive towards Horlivka.

March 3, 2022

In a second round of peace talks, both Russia and Ukraine agree to allow humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians. According to US sources, 90% of the Russian forces that were amassed around Ukraine are now in the country.

March 4, 2022

Russian troops occupy the the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. Earlier on that day, a projectile hit the nuclear power plant causing a localised fire. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg rejects the request to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

March 5, 2022

The agreed ceasefire in Mariupol, to allow for civilians to be evacuated, fails with Russian and Ukrainian troops blaming each other for the violation.

March 6, 2022

Havryshivka Vinnytsia International Airport is destroyed by a Russian missile. The second evacuation attempts in Mariupol also fails.

March 7, 2022

Hostomel City mayor Yuri Prilipko is killed by Russian forces, while Russian forces capture Vasylivka, Tokmak and Polohy.

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