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Inhabitants of Kyiv leave the city following pre-offensive missile strikes of the Russian and Belarus armed forces on February 24, 2022, in the Ukrainian capital. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to launch a “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine, on February 24. Even though he stated there were no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory, within minutes of Mr. Putin’s announcement, explosions were reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and the Donbas, thus launching a full-scale war between the two countries.
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