Russia and Ukraine Conflict: Timeline of Key Events
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for over six years now.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for over six years now. The ongoing struggle for control of parts of Ukraine began in 2014 when Russian backed forces launched a campaign in the east of the country. Since then, the war has taken the lives of over 14,000 people and displaced millions. Here is a timeline of key events in the Russia-Ukraine war.
March 2014: The conflict begins when Russia annexes Crimea from Ukraine following a referendum in which the majority of the vote had backed joining Russia. Ukraine also complains that its territorial waters in the Black Sea have been violated by Russian forces.
April 2014: In eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian forces attempt to reclaim control of cities that had been taken over by pro-Russian separatist groups. The separatist groups declare the Donetsk and Lugansk regions independent and declare themselves the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic.
August 2014: The worst violence of the war takes place when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over rebel-held territory. The plane crash leaves 298 passengers dead.
February 2015: A ceasefire agreement is signed in Minsk, Belarus. The agreement includes both political and military aspects that would be implemented in order to resolve the conflict.
September 2015: A second Minsk agreement is signed in order to strengthen the ceasefire. However, fighting continues between the two sides.
July 2020: A prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia is completed. The exchange is seen as a sign of progress in ending the conflict.
October 2020: Ukraine holds its first-ever defense talks with the United States. The talks reaffirm the United States’ commitment to supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia.
The Russia-Ukraine conflict is ongoing and continues to result in loss of life and displacement. The timeline above provides an overview of the most notable events in the conflict and demonstrates its long-lasting impact on both countries.