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Russian Invasion of Ukraine in Easy English
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Eastern Europe History
○○○ 1991 ⪢⪢
It became independent in 1991 when the former Soviet Union dissolved. → dissolve
○○○ 2014 ⪢⪢
The southern border of Ukraine is along the Black Sea. This was the site of war in Dunbas led by Russian separatists which led to the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. → lead
2014+ Azov Battalion
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○○○ 2022.02.15 ⪢⪢
American diplomats say they are moving the U.S. embassy in Ukraine from Kyiv to Lviv because of Russia's military activities. #image #place
○○○ 2022.02.22 ⪢⪢
After Russian troops unleashed a brutal military assault on Ukraine launching more than 160 ballistic missiles and rockets across the country, a fiery scene shows the destruction in one town in the southeast part of the country.
○○○ 2022.02.22 ⪢⪢
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suspends the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe line from Russia as Western nations aim to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
○○○ 2022.02.24 ⪢⪢
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declares martial law as Russia launches a full-scale invasion, striking cities and military targets.
○○○ 2022.02.25 ⪢⪢
Pentagon officials saying the Russians want to surround the city and "decapitate the government"
○○○ 2022.02.25 ⪢⪢
Ukrainian military forces deploy to defend the capital Kyiv as Russian forces move closer to the city.
○○○ 2022.02.25 ⪢⪢
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holds talks with representatives of the separatist Ukrainian areas of Donetsk and Luhansk in Moscow.
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○○○ 2022.02.25 ⪢⪢
Thousands of foreign students from Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, India and other places are trapped in Ukraine as Russian forces attack by land, sea and air. → trap
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○○○ 2022.02.27 ⪢⪢
It's 9 a.m. in Ukraine and the sun has risen on a country under siege, a country fighting to hang on the territory and democracy.
○○○ 2022.02.27 ⪢⪢
Breaking News; Russia unleashes a new wave of attacks on Ukrainian fuel facilities and airfields as it continues its relentless assault.
○○○ 2022.02.28 ⪢⪢
Talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegates begin near Ukraine's border with Belarus but the possibility of a ceasefire agreement remains unclear. → delegate
○○○ 2022.03.01 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acuses Russia of "terror" for shelling the city of Kharkiv as Russian forces push deeper into the country.
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's President is accusing Russia of committing war crime after missiles hit the city of Kharkiv.
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says there are no military facilities in Kharkiv and that Russia's only purpose in firing on the city was the "deliberate destruction of people".
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
Ukrainians are calling on other nations to do more to punish Russia for its invasion of the sovereign nation asking for it to be completely isolated from the rest of the world.
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
While ordinary people stand ready to fight off their invaders on their home territory, the international community is offering support, weapons and sanctions against Russia hoping to get President Putin to back down.
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
A top Chinese banking official says China will not join the United States and the European governments in placing financial restrictions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi meets with Ukraine's embassador in Tokyo. Japan has offered humanitarian aid and joined sanctions against Russia. → meet with
○○○ 2022.03.02 ⪢⪢
There are cases of discrimination in admitting refugees.
○○○ 2022.03.03 ⪢⪢
Russia gave its first report of casualties today. The defence ministry announced nearly 500 Russian troops have so far died in its war on Ukraine.
○○○ 2022.03.03 ⪢⪢
Russia says it has siezed Ukraine's southern city of Kherson but the claim has not been confirmed.
○○○ 2022.03.03 ⪢⪢
The United Nations refugee agency says more than one million people have fled Ukraine since the start of Russia's invasion of the country last week. → flee
○○○ 2022.03.07 ⪢⪢
The United Nations estimates more than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine in 10 days, the fastest such displacement in 20 years. →fleet
○○○ 2022.03.08 ⪢⪢
President Joe Biden announces a U.S. ban on all Russian oil imports. He warned the action will likely result in higher gas prices for Americans.
○○○ 2022.03.08 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister says Ukraine and Russia agreed to a temporary ceasefire to move civilians from the eastern city of Sumy.
○○○ 2022.03.09 ⪢⪢
Offcials in Ukraine say houses in the northeastern city of Sumy were destroyed by a Russian airstrike as fighting between the sides continues.
○○○ 2022.03.10 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's foreign minister says peace talks with Russian officials have yet to produce an agreement in negotiations supported by Turkey.
○○○ 2022.03.15 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, an airstrike hits an apartment building on the edge of Kyiv as Russian military forces move closer to the city's center.
○○○ 2022.03.15 ⪢⪢
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks by video link to a joint meeting of Canada's parliament to seek support against Russia.
○○○ 2022.03.16 ⪢⪢
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks before the U.S. Congress by video link urging lawmakers to close the sky over his country as Russia's offensive continues.
○○○ 2022.03.17 ⪢⪢
Speaking to Germany's parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticizes the country's earlier support for a Russian pipeline that, he said, endangered Ukrainian and European security.
○○○ 2022.03.18 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, Russian forces carry out a missile strike on a military airplane repair center near the western city of Lviv. #image #place
○○○ 2022.03.21 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, Kyiv's mayor announces that 8 people died in shelling that destroyed a business area late Sunday as Russian forces continue the military campaign against the capital. #bookmark
○○○ 2022.03.23 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, firefighters in Kyiv report the highest number of emergency calls since the war's start after Russia shelled the western part of the capital.
○○○ 2022.03.24 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the NATO gathering in Brussels by video link. He urged the military alliance for more help in defending Ukraine from Russia.
○○○ 2022.03.24 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's navy releases video of what it says is the Russian warship Orsk burning at the port city of Berdyansk.
○○○ 2022.03.28 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signals willingness to compromise while Russia's foreign minister says direct talks between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents would be "counterproductive".
○○○ 2022.03.29 ⪢⪢
In Istanbul, Turkey, the Ukrainian delegation at peace talks with Russia says a future peace deal must include security guarantees from several Western nations.
○○○ 2022.03.31 ⪢⪢
Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says Russia has agreed to let humanitarian aid enter the city of Mariupol and permit civilians to leave.
○○○ 2022.03.31 ⪢⪢
Satellite images taken March 31 appear to show a mass burial site near St. Andrew Church in Bucha, Ukraine, as Russia faces accusations of killing civilians.
○○○ 2022.04.05 ⪢⪢
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says since Ukraine cannot join the NATO military alliance, it is forced to seek security guarantees from Russia.
○○○ 2022.04.06 ⪢⪢
China describes reports and images of civilian deaths in the Ukrainian city of Bucha as "deeply disturbing" and calls for an investigation. #bookmark
○○○ 2022.04.06 ⪢⪢
In Romania, a car crashes into the entrance of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest and explodes killing the driver.
○○○ 2022.04.07 ⪢⪢
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the parliament of Greece calling for more weapons and new restrictions on Russia.
○○○ 2022.04.08 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, officials say a Russian missile struck a train station in eastern Ukraine killing about 50 people. Russia denies targeting the station.
○○○ 2022.04.08 ⪢⪢
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announces plans to cut Russian coal and oil imports and expels eight Russian diplomats.
○○○ 2022.04.11 ⪢⪢
A Ukrainian defence ministry spokesman says Russia is expected to launch a major offensive in eastern Ukraine soon.
○○○ 2022.04.12 ⪢⪢
The mayor of Mariupol, Ukraine, says he believes more than 10,000 civilians have died since Russian forces invaded the city.
○○○ 2022.04.13 ⪢⪢
And the presidents of four nations close to Russia travel to Kyiv to show support for Ukraine. The trips came after Russian President Vladimir Putin promised his country's offensive will continue to its full completion.
○○○ 2022.04.15 ⪢⪢
In Ukraine, powerful explosions hit near Kyiv. Russia says it struck a missile factory 2 weeks after withdrawing from the area.