There obviously no shortage of reports and videos detailing what’s taking place in Ukraine with respect to the Russian invasion. But while news outlets are focusing on the developing situation abroad, there’s not a lot of digestible reporting going on to help people understand how exactly things came to this between Russia and Ukraine.

Some casual news consumers may simply think this matter between Russia and Ukraine is a novel thing, have only cropped up over the past few months.

But it certainly is not, as the proverbial ingredients leading up to the Russian invasion in Ukraine have been stewing for about eight years.

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The “Revolution of Dignity” and Ousting of Elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014

Following the end of the Euromaidan protests that erupted in late 2013 in Ukraine, there then came what was dubbed as the Revolution of Dignity series of protests and violent riots in the country in February of 2014 that eventually saw the elected president of the country, Viktor Yanukovych, ousted from office.

The toppling of the Ukrainian government saw their elected president flee to Russia for safety, where five years later a Ukrainian court would find him guilty of treason when he sought assistance from Russia to quell the riots in 2014 – a symbolic measure since he was free from Ukraine’s jurisdiction.

Ukraine Sees In-fighting and War in Aftermath of Revolution of Dignity

In the months following the February 2014 riots and protests that resulted in Yanukovych’s removal, Russia invaded and then annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. While this was ongoing, all things weren’t well internally in Ukraine – as there were rebels from within the country that apparently sought their own independence from Ukraine.

And these rebels from within in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions managed to have garnered the support of none other than Russia.

By April of 2014, these rebels had managed to gain control of government buildings within the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, asserting the areas as being a sort of “people’s republics” and began fighting the Ukrainian military.

This period was known as the Donbas War, with sections of Ukraine basically at war with each other where the rebels Donetsk and Luhansk had the tacit and alleged military support of Russia. This internal conflict in Ukraine also resulted in the tragic shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 back in July of 2014 as the plane was flying over eastern Ukraine that left 298 people aboard dead.

Ukrainian Troops Suffer Defeat, Peace Deals Ensue But Quickly Collapse

It was in August of 2014 that it was deemed that Ukrainian forces fighting against the rebels had lost, and peace talks began taking place thereafter following the bloodshed of the battle of Ilovaisk. A ceasefire was eventually reached by September of 2014.

Yet that ceasefire didn’t last long, as Ukrainian forces and the Donetsk and Luhansk rebels (then being recognized as the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics) were at it again by January of 2015 during the battle of Debaltseve. By February of 2015, Ukrainian forces suffered another loss at the hands of the separatists and pulled out of Debaltseve.

Another ceasefire agreement was reached by February of 2015, which also included weapons withdrawals and prisoner exchanges. This paved the way for the rebels within the region to enjoy a sort of control over the disputed territories insofar as appointing their own judges, prosecutors, and establishing their own police force.

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Why Do These Disputed Ukrainian Territories Matter Currently?

Ukraine has been a complicated country for some time. One must remember that the country itself has only been independent from Russia since August of 1991, thus providing context as to why there has been internal strife and Russian interests intertwining over the years.

The conflict between eastern Ukrainians and the country’s central government are symptoms of this complicated dissolving of the Soviet Union roughly 30 years earlier, because it’s not as though loyalists to the former USSR would magically disappear from a country in such a move.

And on February 21st of 2022, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics came into the spotlight once again, as years following the 2014/2015 conflicts, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees officially announcing his recognition of these very people’s republics.

This was a pivotal moment leading up to the Russian invasion, as Putin later claimed he was sending Russian troops over to these territories in what was referred to as “peacekeeping duties” to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine from alleged military actions brought by Ukraine’s central government – a move many suspect to have been an excuse to simply invade Ukraine.

Putin has since issued a stark warning to any countries thinking about intervening in the military operation that they would endure “consequences they have never seen.”

The images and videos of bombings in Ukraine that have since cropped up on February 24th have been justified by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as a means to demilitarize Ukraine, saying the Russian attacks are “dictated only by our national interests and concern for the future.”

“These are the only goals,’ he said. “No one talks about occupation; this word does not apply here. Russia’s aim is neutralization of Ukraine’s military potential.”

The latest reported casualties as a result of the Russian attacks estimate over 40 Ukrainian soldiers killed and approximately 10 civilians.

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