Marking Six Months on Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Published August 24th, 2022 - 10:29 GMT

Today marks six months since the Russian President's announcement of starting a 'special military operation' in Ukraine. The Russian forces' invasion of Ukraine started on February 24th, 2022 after Moscow's refusal of Ukraine's bid to join NATO.

Vladimir Putin had also announced the independence of two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk. Putin further signed a decree recognizing the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR) and the "Luhansk People's Republic" (LPR) as independent regions. 

UNICEF reported as of early August, 10.3 million people, mostly women, and children have crossed borders from Ukraine to the neighboring countries in the European Union.

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A Ukrainian flag is displayed during a march on the "Promenade des Anglais" on the French riviera city of Nice, south eastern France, on August 24, 2022, on the war-torn Ukraine's Independence Day and the six-month anniversary of the start of Russia's invasion. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

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People walk past billboards displaying Russian soldiers with a slogan reading 'Glory to the Heroes of Russia' on a street in Moscow on August 24, 2022, during the Russian military action in Ukraine. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

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A protester holds a placard reading during a gathering of Ukrainians and supporters to mark Ukraine's Day of the National Flag, and in support of Ukraine amid the country's invasion by Russia, on Ban Jelacic Square in central Zagreb, on August 23, 2022. (Photo by Denis LOVROVIC / AFP)

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the eve of Ukraine's Independence Day. (Facebook/ @UK Prime Minister)

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A man looks at destroyed Russian military equipment at Khreshchatyk street in Kyiv on August 20, 2022, that has been turned into an open-air military museum ahead of Ukraine's Independence Day on August 24, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

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Insignias with the letter Z, which has become a symbol of support for Russian military action in Ukraine, are seen on sale at a gift stall in Sevastopol, the largest city on the Crimean Peninsula and its most important port and naval base, on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)

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A woman holds a sign in a protest against Russian military intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine, on March 2, 2014, in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)

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A Ukrainian flag is displayed during a march on the "Promenade des Anglais" on the French riviera city of Nice, south eastern France, on August 24, 2022, on the war-torn Ukraine's Independence Day and the six-month anniversary of the start of Russia's invasion. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)
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People walk past billboards displaying Russian soldiers with a slogan reading 'Glory to the Heroes of Russia' on a street in Moscow on August 24, 2022, during the Russian military action in Ukraine. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
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A protester holds a placard reading during a gathering of Ukrainians and supporters to mark Ukraine's Day of the National Flag, and in support of Ukraine amid the country's invasion by Russia, on Ban Jelacic Square in central Zagreb, on August 23, 2022. (Photo by Denis LOVROVIC / AFP)
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the eve of Ukraine's Independence Day. (Facebook/ @UK Prime Minister)
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A man looks at destroyed Russian military equipment at Khreshchatyk street in Kyiv on August 20, 2022, that has been turned into an open-air military museum ahead of Ukraine's Independence Day on August 24, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)
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Insignias with the letter Z, which has become a symbol of support for Russian military action in Ukraine, are seen on sale at a gift stall in Sevastopol, the largest city on the Crimean Peninsula and its most important port and naval base, on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)
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A woman holds a sign in a protest against Russian military intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine, on March 2, 2014, in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)