Leadup to the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war


I began collecting these headlines not long after Joe Biden began expressing apprehensions about Putin’s intentions in Ukraine.  I wanted to document the lead-up to whatever it might be that might happen.  I avoided pieces that appeared to be mere speculation or he-said-she-said.  Once the war itself began, I quit; the war itself will be adequately documented.

Yahoo! News links are not immortal; so whenever possible, I have linked to the source.

Friday, January 14, 2022
U.S. intel suggests Russia is preparing a ‘false-flag’ operation as pretext for Ukraine invasion | (NBC News)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus intelligence over cyberattack (yahoo.com)
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Former Ukraine president defies arrest threat in showdown with successor (yahoo.com)
Ukraine blames Russia for cyberattack as invasion threat looms (yahoo.com)
Russia cannot ‘tolerate’ NATO’s ‘gradual invasion’ of Ukraine, Putin spokesman says | TheHill
Ex-leader Poroshenko to go to Ukraine to face charges | AP News
Russia cannot ‘tolerate’ NATO’s ‘gradual invasion’ of Ukraine, Putin spokesman says | TheHill
Monday, January 17, 2022
Canada deploys small contingent of special forces operators to Ukraine -Global News (yahoo.com)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
U.S. slams Russian troop moves in Belarus as Ukraine crisis deepens- POLITICO
Russia Denies Report It’s Emptying Diplomatic Outposts in Ukraine (businessinsider.com)
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Spain sends warships to Black Sea, considers sending warplanes (yahoo.com)
Satellite Photos Show Russian Troops Near Ukraine Amid Invasion Fears (businessinsider.com)
Ukraine war necessary if Russia recognises breakaway regions – pro-Kremlin MP (yahoo.com)
US accuses Russia of conspiring to take over Ukraine government | Russia | The Guardian
Russia announces sweeping naval drills amid Ukraine tensions | AP News
U.S. rushes weapons into Ukraine as Biden predicts a Russian invasion (yahoo.com)
Friday, January 21, 2011
Russia Secretly Moving Weapons, Recruiting Mercenaries: Ukraine Says (businessinsider.com)
Kremlin says it wants to avoid raising tensions over Ukraine breakaway regions (yahoo.com)
Polish PM calls for united European stance on Ukraine (yahoo.com)
U.S. reportedly considering evacuating diplomats’ families from Ukraine (theweek.com)
Russia sends two S-400 battalions to Belarus for drills – Interfax (yahoo.com)
US Warns Russia of ‘Swift and Severe’ Response If Ukraine Invaded (businessinsider.com)
NATO rejects Russian demands to withdraw forces from Romania, Bulgaria (yahoo.com)
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government (yahoo.com)
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Explainer-Who is Yevhen Murayev, named by Britain as Kremlin’s pick to lead Ukraine? (yahoo.com)
Monday, January 24, 2022
NATO sends fighter jets, ships to Eastern Europe as ‘deterrence’ against Russian aggression (theweek.com)
Russian Hallmarks Are All Over Cyberattacks on Ukraine (thedailybeast.com)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on ‘heightened alert’ as U.S. weighs military action against Russia (nbcnews.com)
Russia Posts Video With Soldiers, Missile Launchers Near Ukraine (businessinsider.com)
Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent (yahoo.com)
POLITICO Pro | Article | ‘We have a sacred obligation’: Biden threatens to send troops to Eastern Europe
Biden says no U.S. or NATO troops will be sent to Ukraine if Russia invades (theweek.com)
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov Shoots Down Russian Invasion Fears (thedailybeast.com)(*NOTE)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Wagner’s Rusich Neo-Nazi Attack Unit Hints Its Going Back Into Ukraine Undercover (thedailybeast.com)
U.S. envoy hands over written responses to Russia’s security demands (yahoo.com)
Tucker Carlson’s Pro-Putin Bias Has Gone Too Far, Kremlin TV Says (thedailybeast.com)
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Russia says even idea of war with Ukraine is ‘unacceptable’ (yahoo.com)
Kremlin sees some room for dialogue after U.S. security response (yahoo.com)
Nord Stream 2 “will not move forward” if Russia invades Ukraine — U.S. (axios.com)
Kremlin says U.S. written responses ignored Russia’s main NATO demand (axios.com)
Friday, January 28, 2022
Exclusive-Russia moves blood supplies near Ukraine, adding to U.S. concern, officials say (yahoo.com)
Ukraine gives U.S. senators specific asks on Russia sanctions, military aid (axios.com)
Ukraine accuses US of hurting economy by stoking panic over war | Russia-Ukraine war News | Al Jazeera
US tries to name and shame Russian disinformation on Ukraine (yahoo.com)
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Russia moves naval exercise that rattled EU member Ireland (yahoo.com)
Monday, January 31, 2022
Russia delivers written response to US over Ukraine-related proposal | TheHill
Moscow warns Ukraine may ‘destroy itself’ as Russia and US clash at UN | Russia | The Guardian
Putin accuses U.S. of trying to lure Russia into war (yahoo.com)
Thursday, February 3, 2022
U.S.: Russian video of fake attack will set up Ukraine invasion (usatoday.com)
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Russian forces at 70% of level needed for full Ukraine invasion – U.S. officials (yahoo.com)
Sunday, February 6, 2022
The idea that Russia will seize Kyiv is as absurd as the U.S. attacking London, Russian diplomat says (theweek.com)
As Russia deploys troops in Belarus, at Ukraine’s border nerves start to fray (nbcnews.com)
Monday, February 7, 2022
US Says Russia Planned ‘Graphic’ Fake Video to Justify Ukraine Invasion (businessinsider.com)(**NOTE)
Separatist leader says full-scale war in east Ukraine could break out any time (yahoo.com)
Ukraine prepares for war as Russian troops move closer to Ukraine border in Belarus (yahoo.com)
Exclusive-Senior separatist urges Russia to send 30,000 troops to east Ukraine (yahoo.com)
Friday, February 11, 2022
Belarus-Russia Military Exercises Feared to Be Cover for Putin’s Secret Weapons Plan (thedailybeast.com)
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Ominous Russian movements in Black Sea raise alarm (yahoo.com)
Monday, February 14, 2022
Russian units near Ukraine moved into “attack positions,” U.S. official says – CBS News
Ukraine’s President Says Wednesday ‘Will Be the Day’ of Russia’s Attack | Barron’s (barrons.com)
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Cyberattacks knock out sites of Ukrainian army, major banks (yahoo.com)
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
UPDATE 1-Russia ‘likely’ to launch ‘limited’ military attack against Ukraine, says Estonian intelligence (yahoo.com)
Russia Appears to Be Increasing Ukraine Border Troops: NATO Chief (businessinsider.com)
More Russian military trains have arrived near border since withdrawal claims, says independent satellite analysis (theweek.com)
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Russia Declares End to Drills in Crimea, Troops Leaving Ukraine Border (businessinsider.com)
Satellite images show new military bridge near Ukraine (axios.com)
Russian Forces Violate Ceasefire, Ukrainian Defense Ministry Says | National Review
U.S.: war seems imminent after shelling in Ukraine (yahoo.com)
Biden sure Putin will invade Ukraine in days as civilians bussed out (yahoo.com)
Pro-Russian Forces Shell Ukrainian Kindergarten Full of Kids (thedailybeast.com)
Friday, February 18, 2022
Rouble tumbles after Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine announce evacuations (yahoo.com)
Russia voices alarm over sharp increase of Donbass shelling (yahoo.com)
Ukraine says Russian special services mined Donetsk facilities (yahoo.com)
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Russian-backed separatist leaders declare full military mobilization – CBS News
Zelensky pleads for Western nations to impose sanctions on Russia as shellings continue in separatist regions of Ukraine – The Washington Post
Sunday, February 20, 2022
‘Z’ Symbol on Russian Tanks and Military Vehicles Near Ukraine Border (thedailybeast.com)
Russian Troops Have Orders to Launch Ukraine Invasion: Report | National Review
Russians are being ‘barraged with claims of looming Ukrainian attacks’ by state media, NBC reporter says (theweek.com)
Russian-backed separatists claims that they’ve been attacked by Ukrainian paratroopers (yahoo.com)
US tells UN Russia has list of Ukrainians ‘to be killed or sent to camps:’ report | TheHill
Kremlin Says Ukraine Meeting Wasn’t Live After Watch Showed Wrong Time (businessinsider.com)
Monday, February 21, 2022
Russia claims it killed 5 Ukrainian troops crossing border as U.S. warns of “false flags” (axios.com)
Russia’s FSB says shell from Ukrainian territory destroys Russian border guard post (yahoo.com)
Putin orders Russian troops to Ukraine after recognising breakaway regions (yahoo.com)
Putin orders troops to breakaway Ukraine regions | TheHill
Putin airs grievances in emotional speech about Ukraine (yahoo.com)
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Putin says the Minsk agreements, which aimed at peace in eastern Ukraine, no longer exist (theweek.com)
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Ukraine Foreign Minister to UN: Russia War Spells ‘End of World Order’ (businessinsider.com)
Map: Here’s the Part of Ukraine That Russia Is Recognizing (businessinsider.com)
Ukraine to Declare State of Emergency, Grant Citizens Right to Bear Arms | National Review
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Russia presses invasion to outskirts of Ukrainian capital (yahoo.com)
Laura Ingraham corrects Trump after he mistakenly thinks US troops, not Russians, stormed Ukraine | Salon.com
*NOTE:  At this point, The Daily Beast refused to allow me any more free views.
**NOTE:  At this point, Business Insider refused to allow me any more free views.

 

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