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What you need to know about the Ukrainian-Russian crisis

After months of military build-up and tight-rope politics, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday described Russia’s moves in Ukraine as “the start of a Russian invasion”.

Here’s what you need to know:

What did Russia do? On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Donetsk and Luhansk – two pro-Moscow breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine – as part of what the Kremlin called a “peacekeeping” mission. . This decision came just hours after the signing of the decrees recognizing the regions’ independence.

Several US and Western officials have warned that it could serve as the opening salvo of a larger military operation targeting Ukraine. More than 150,000 Russian troops now surround Ukraine on three sides, according to US and Ukrainian intelligence estimates.

How is Ukraine reacting? On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was still pursuing diplomacy as a way out of the crisis. Reservists will be called up for military training, he said, but there will be no general mobilization of the armed forces.

“We desire peace and quiet, but if we are silent today, tomorrow we will disappear,” Zelensky said.

How did the world react? Russia’s actions have been strongly condemned by many countries, with Western leaders imposing new sanctions on Tuesday and cutting off a key pipeline with Russia.

Biden announced that the United States would sanction Russian financial institutions and oligarchs. The European Union also sanctioned 351 Russian lawmakers who voted to recognize breakaway regions, and the United Kingdom announced sanctions against five Russian banks and three Russian oligarchs.

Also on Tuesday, Germany said it had halted certification of an $11 billion, 750-mile pipeline that directly connects Russia to Germany. The Nord Stream 2 project was completed in September but has not yet received the final green light from German regulators. Without this, natural gas cannot flow through the Baltic Sea pipeline from Russia to Germany.

On Wednesday, Japan and Australia joined the list of countries to impose sanctions on Russia, Donetsk and Luhansk.

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