Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun an invasion of Ukraine. This has been shaping up over the past few weeks, with Russia amassing 190,000 troops along the border. Putin then began creating a pretext for invasion, claiming areas of eastern Ukraine are now independent and that he needed to send in forces to the region for “peacekeeping operations.” Yesterday, the Russian president ordered troops into the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. Western powers are already recognizing Putin’s actions as an invasion and are levying new sanctions against the country. It remains to be seen whether a full-scale incursion of Ukraine will be next, potentially even reaching the capital city of Kyiv. If Putin ultimately decides to do this, he could be emboldened to regain territory that the Soviet Union lost when it collapsed in 1991.
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