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Russia-Ukraine

In late 2021, Russia began building up troops on the border with Ukraine. By February, the much-larger Russia had invaded Ukraine, despite for months insisting it had no plans to do so. The move drew international condemnation, with Western powers supporting Ukraine but avoiding direct military conflict with Russia, a nuclear power. The situation in Ukraine had been tense since 2014 when Russia seized the Crimean peninsula, which had been part of Ukraine.