As the Ukraine-Russia conflict approaches its one-year anniversary, the toll on civilians and soldiers alike continues to mount. What started as a tense standoff between two neighboring countries has escalated into a full-blown war, with no end in sight.
For the people of Ukraine, the past year has been one of constant fear and uncertainty. Russian-backed separatists have launched repeated attacks on civilian targets, causing widespread destruction and loss of life. Families have been torn apart, homes destroyed, and communities shattered by the violence.
The Ukrainian military has fought bravely against overwhelming odds, but the cost has been high. Thousands of soldiers have been killed or wounded in the conflict, leaving families devastated and communities in mourning. For those who have survived, the physical and emotional scars will last a lifetime.
The international community has condemned Russia's actions, but diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have so far been unsuccessful. As the war enters its second year, the people of Ukraine are left to wonder when, and if, it will ever end.
The impact of the conflict extends far beyond Ukraine's borders. The ongoing violence has disrupted trade and commerce throughout the region, with ripple effects felt around the world. And as tensions between Russia and the West continue to escalate, there are fears that the conflict could lead to an even larger confrontation.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of this devastating conflict, let us take a look at the major events and the countless lives that are lost for ever.
February 24, 2022: Russia launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, citing concerns over the treatment of ethnic Russians in Ukraine's Donbas region. The first casualties are reported as Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are killed in the fighting.
February 25, 2022: The United Nations Security Council holds an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict but fails to reach a resolution.
March 1, 2022: The United States and other Western powers impose economic sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine.
March 11, 2022: Russian-backed separatists carry out a rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, killing 21 people and injuring dozens more.
March 12, 2022: Ukrainian forces retake control of the strategic city of Mariupol, marking a significant victory in the conflict.
March 16, 2022: A Ukrainian military transport plane is shot down by Russian forces over eastern Ukraine, killing all 63 people on board.
April 14, 2022: The first talks between Ukraine and Russia take place in Brussels, mediated by the European Union. However, little progress is made.
April 15, 2022: A hospital in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk is hit by a rocket, killing 10 people, including two children.
May 25, 2022: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris for talks, but the meeting ends without a breakthrough.
June 17, 2022: A Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Black Sea kills 7 Ukrainian sailors.
July 7, 2022: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) brokered a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and Russia, but it is short-lived and fighting soon resumes.
July 9, 2022: A passenger train in Ukraine is hit by a missile, killing at least 5 people and injuring many others.
September 28, 2022: A school in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is hit by a rocket, killing 8 people, including children.
October 21, 2022: The United States and European Union impose further sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine.
November 22, 2022: A Ukrainian military helicopter is shot down by Russian forces, killing all 13 people on board.
December 9, 2022: Another round of talks between Ukraine and Russia takes place in Vienna, Austria, but once again, no major breakthroughs are achieved.
January 20, 2023: A hospital in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv is hit by a rocket, killing at least 10 people, including patients and medical staff.
February 23, 2023: U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on Thursday demanding that Russia pull out and stop fighting.
February 24, 2023: Ukraine war enters a second year, Zelenskiy said in a video message "...we are strong. We are ready for anything. We will defeat everyone."