Six maps explaining the Ukraine-Russia battle
However Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was additionally precipitated by years of rising tensions. Under are six maps that assist illustrate the occasions that led to this second.
For the reason that finish of the Chilly Warfare, extra nations have been becoming a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Group, or NATO, pushing the bloc eastward.
This map exhibits NATO’s enlargement eastward in Europe. Many nations in western Europe joined previous to 1991 and the top of the Chilly Warfare, whereas these to the east — together with the previous Soviet Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — joined within the years since.
Annexing a part of Ukraine
Russia responded by annexing the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, highlighted in pink alongside the Black Sea’s northern coast within the map beneath, and fomenting a separatist riot that seized management of a part of the Donbas area alongside Ukraine’s southeastern border with Russia.
These efforts have additionally manifested themselves on the bottom, as seen on this map, which illustrates the buildup of Russia’s army presence round Ukraine up to now 12 months. Russia has amassed greater than 150,000 troops, in addition to tools and artillery, on the nation’s doorstep.
On February 21, Putin stated he formally acknowledged the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk Folks’s Republics (DNR and LNR), highlighted within the map beneath in pink, in jap Ukraine’s Donbas area, ordering the deployment of Russian troops there on the pretext of defending the native inhabitants.
The territory acknowledged by Putin prolonged past the areas managed by pro-Russian separatists, elevating pink flags about Russia’s supposed creep into Ukraine.