Okay. Been awhile since this has been truly updated but I hope Weps doesn't mind.
So a quick, maybe terrible, recap and summary:
Anyone with a little common sense will remember the 2014 Ukraine War and Russia's deception pre-2014 War.
Russia's buildup near Ukraine may reach 40,000 troops: U.S. sources
That was then, and 'little green men' roamed the countryside helping the Separatists carve their little state.
Confirmed by Putin: Putin admits Russian forces were deployed to Crimea
The Russians then got Crimea, and the 2 republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
And the rest is history as they say.
2022 Ukraine War
Quick Facts about RF military:
Had just received 80,000 kilos of ammo
3 sets of 12 Javelins
180 Javelin Rockets
$300 Million dollar aid
150 Florida Nat. Guard Trainers (53rd Inf. Brigade Team)
280,000 UKR Troops at the ready
17,000 Georgian Foreign Legion
Feb. 9, 2022: Belarus military drills to begin as Russia ratchets up Ukraine tensions
Opinion: Russians and Belarussians began a training exercise that saw the Russians amass 30,000+ soldiers and more as we came to know around other fronts near Ukraine.
Feb. 18, 2022:
Plus an OSCE Report Summary for Feb. 18, 2022:
Feb. 19, 2022: UKR. Interior Minister and Journalists Come Under Fire
Feb 20, 2022: TRT World witnesses escalation of shelling, gunfire on front line. (Shelling before the official "Special Military Operations")
Feb. 21, 2022 U.S. claims Russia has list of Ukrainians ‘to be killed or sent to camps’ following a military occupation
Past Opinion: There is a "Kill List". Always has been. Always will be. Bathsheba Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, says the following are planned to be killed if Ukraine is occupied:
Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine
Journalists and anti-corruption activists
“vulnerable populations such as religious and ethnic minorities and LGBTQI+ persons.”
Dissidents? Possibly. They got Skripal and Litvinenko. Journos and activists? Sure, gotta make sure those leaks are plugged and dead. But LGBTQI+ and ethnic minorities? I find that hard to believe since Putin hasn't even murdered Pussy Riot or Navalny or committed genocide against the Chechens back in their 2 wars.
Feb. 22, 2022 Putin and SVR Spy Chief Sergei Naryshkin
Feb. 22, 2022 Putin orders Russian forces to "perform peacekeeping functions" in eastern Ukraine's breakaway regions
Feb. 23, 2022 Russia's Putin authorises 'special military operation' against Ukraine
Opinion: Putin avoids terms of war and invasion by instead labeling it as "peacekeeping" (like NATO operations) and "special military operation" (No war!). Another Russian trick to avoid as much political and international fallout as possible at home and abroad. As was pointed out prior, the focus is supposedly keeping the Donbass Republics safe and sound because of constant Ukrainian shelling (years in-between) and limited engagements by effectively disabling the Ukrainian military from ever doing so. At this time I thought Putin was going all out for a capture of all of the Ukraine east of the river Dnieper.