War over Ukraine: the first week

As nearly a week has passed since Russia's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, Khalem Chapman examines the key developments since the war began

“I made a decision to conduct a special military operation. Its goal is to protect people who have been abused by the genocide of the Kyiv regime for eight years and to this end, we will strive for the demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine…”

A Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker shown before the conflict. Surprisingly, seven days into the war in Ukraine and Russia still hasn’t gained air superiority. Ukrainian MoD
A Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker shown before the recent wide-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Surprisingly, seven days into the war and Russia still hasn’t gained air superiority. Ukrainian MoD

Those were the words of an angry Russian President Vladimir Putin, spoken in an address to his nation on February 24, 2022, just days after he signed an agreement that formally recognised two proxy states in eastern Ukraine (the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics) as independent regions, which he could support militarily through a “peacekeeping” force.

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