Will there be a war over Ukraine from Feb 16? Story so far of Russia-West stand-off  

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Moscow Updated: Feb 14, 2022, 12:15 PM(IST)

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The situation has been turning critical with Russia amassing troops at Ukraine border and also sending troops to Belarus to exert pressure on Ukraine  

 

The fears of a Russian invasion in Ukraine have been growing lately. This has led to a stand-off between Russia and the West.  

The situation has been turning critical with Russia amassing troops at Ukraine border and also sending troops to Belarus to exert pressure on Ukraine.  

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This has led to a war of words between the both sides. Let’s witness the timeline of events in this issue.  

 

The Beginning  

On November 10, NATO warns Moscow over taking "aggressive action" after US reports unusual troop movements near the Ukrainian border.  

 

Strong measures if an attack happens  

On December 7, US President Joe Biden threatens Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin with "strong economic and other measures" if he invades Ukraine.  

 

Russian troops in Belarus   

On January 17, Russian troops begin arriving in ex-Soviet Belarus for military drills, which Moscow says are aimed at "thwarting external aggression".  

 

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US says any incursion is 'invasion'   

On January 20, Biden says any incursion of Russian troops is "an invasion" after appearing to suggest a "minor" attack on Ukraine might invite a lesser response.  

  

Baltic states to help Ukraine  

On January 21, ex-Soviet NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania say they will send anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to help Ukraine defend itself.  

  

‘Moscow to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine’  

On January 22, Britain claims Moscow is "looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv" and occupy Ukraine, which Russia dismisses as "disinformation".  

  

‘US whipping up hysteria’  

On January 31, Moscow accuses the US of whipping up "hysteria" as Washington says 30,000 Russian troops will be deployed in Belarus near the Ukrainian border by early February.  

  

US sends 3,000 troops   

On February 2, the US sends 3,000 troops to fortify NATO forces in Eastern Europe.  

  

Leave Ukraine  

On February 11, the White House tell Americans that leave Ukraine within 48 hours as a Russian attack could come at any time.  

  

Attack by February 16  

On February 12, US President Joe Biden reportedly told the Western allies during a phone call that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, could launch an attack on Ukraine on February 16.  

(With inputs from agencies)

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