Looking at the Last Twelve Months in Ukraine

Zane Rimes, Director of Archives

February 24, marks one year since the start of the Russian-Ukraine war.

February 24, 2022 – Putin sent 200,000 troops into Ukraine thinking that the Ukraine government would be overtaken swiftly. What was the goal? It was to, “Demilitarise and de-nazify Ukraine,” according to BBC News.

February 25, 2022 – Kyiv rocked with ballistic missiles, and Russian troops advance into Donbas. Explosions and missile strikes were heard all around the country day and night. Later that day, President Joe Biden sent in 7,000 U.S. troops to aid NATO in the crisis.

February 26, 2022 – The EU, European Union, sanctions Russian imports and exports. This targeted the financial, energy, and transportation sectors in response to the invasion.

March 8, 2022 – The United States banned all imports of all Russian oil, liquified natural gas, and coal in response to the invasion.

March 15, 2022 – The UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) voted on a resolution to be created from the Russian invasion. There were 141 countries who voted in favor, 35 nations

abstained, and 5 nations voted no (Russia, Belarus, North Korea,
Eritrea, and Syria). Russia which is a P5 member, permanent
of the 5th, canceled out the decision with their single, “No.”

March 18, 2022 – President Biden warns the appointed Chinese Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, of the potential consequences of aiding Russia in material support.

April 3, 2022 – Ukraine reports war crimes being committed toward citizens.

April 27, 2022 – Putin warns other countries that if they intervene then there will be a “Lightning-fast” response. This came out after Russian propaganda television channels showed off a new nuclear missile developed, the Sarmat, according to the New York Post.

April 28, 2022 – There was a 33 billion dollar aid package sent to Ukraine from the U.S.

May 31, 2022 – The U.S. delivers an 11 aid package including, “More advanced weapons and munitions.” This ranged from weapons to more sophisticated missiles according to the New York Times.

September 30, 2022 – Vladamir Putin announced that Russia had, “Annexed four different zones,” in Ukraine according to the Washington Post.

December 30, 2022 – An extreme shelling bombardment destroyed backup power plant lines.

This timeline shows that little progress has been made a year into this war. Over 7,031 civilians have died, of which 433 were children, according to Statista. Allies have been put between a rock and hard place because if they don’t help, then more lives are at risk, however, they fear Putin’s threat of nuclear warfare coming true if support continues for Ukraine. Global assistance may precipitate nuclear catastrophe to inch closer, yet many nations and companies still send aid to Ukraine. The world has sent $117.8 billion worth of help, consisting of humanitarian, financial, and military support. Meanwhile, over 1.4 million Ukrainian refugees have found a safe haven in Poland. Other countries have welcomed refugees with open arms.