By air, land, and sea, Russian troops launched an attack on Ukraine on Thursday, a European democracy of 44 million people, this started with explosions before dawn in the capital Kyiv and other cities.
Putin nurses a deep sense of grievance over the loss of Russia’s power and influence since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ukraine was formerly part of the Soviet Union but declared its independence in 1991.
For some months ago, President Vladimir Putin denied that he would invade his neighbor, but then he tore up a peace deal, sending forces across borders in Ukraine’s north, east and south.
Why have Russian troops attacked Ukraine?
While there had been tensions between Russia and Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, for a long time, the situation began getting out of control in early 2021. In January last year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged US President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine join NATO
President Putin has frequently accused Ukraine of being taken over by extremists (NATO), ever since its pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted in 2014 after months of protests against his rule.
Russia has demanded an end to NATO’s eastward expansion and said Ukrainian membership of the US-led Atlantic military alliance was unacceptable.
And from this Russia takes this invasion as a self defense from extremists (NATO) that were using Ukraine as a host to launch an attack on Russia as this was witnessed by a number of spy reports that had emerged earlier before claiming that the so called extremists were spying on Russia.