If you’re just tuning in, Russia’s missile strikes and troop movements in Ukraine may seem like a sudden and shocking development. However, the attacks are a culmination of months of rising tensions between Russia and the West.
Here at AllSides, we vigilantly monitor the news cycle for stories that could become important later on. We began covering Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s border in early December 2021 through our balanced Headline Roundups, which provide media analysis and headlines from outlets on the left, right and center on top stories.
We continued to track this story as events unfolded and led to Thursday’s attack. For each new development, we provided an overview as well as the left and right perspectives on each story.
See how these events unfolded below:
President Joe Biden held a two-hour video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, amid growing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine this winter.
On Monday, the U.S. and Russia will begin high-stakes security talks in a effort to defuse tensions over a Russian military buildup of over 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine.
U.S. intelligence officials are suggesting that Russian operatives are planning a "false-flag" operation that would allow Moscow to rationalize an invasion of Ukraine.
As key diplomats from the U.S. and Russia meet Friday, fears are growing about a potential Russian invasion or attack on Ukraine.
President Joe Biden said this week that he believes Russia will invade Ukraine as tensions continue to grow between the two nations.
Jan. 24: US State Department Issues Travel Warning to Ukraine as Family Members of Embassy Staff Leave
The U.S. State Department has issued a "do not travel" warning for Ukraine as family members of U.S. embassy staff are ordered to leave the country.
With diplomacy stalled, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. appeared to prepare for potential conflict on Tuesday.
News coverage across the political spectrum is pointing out how Germany isn't joining the U.S. and its European allies in opposition to Russia's military buildup on the Ukrainian border.
The U.S. and NATO’s written responses to Russia’s security demands left “little ground for optimism,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
President Joe Biden's Thursday phone call with Ukraine's president sparked conflicting reports and anonymous insights from across the spectrum.
Diplomats from Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine had harsh words for each other at a Monday meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the U.S. and other European countries hadn't adequately considered Russia's concerns and demands regarding Ukraine.
President Joe Biden approved the deployment of 3,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe on Wednesday amid fears of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.
World leaders held more in-person talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday amid a Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian border.
Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are fueling speculation about how the U.S. would react and what the consequences would be.
Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are fueling speculation about how the U.S. would react and what the consequences would be.— AllSides (@AllSidesNow) February 9, 2022
See the potential biases and differences in coverage from @voxdotcom, @TuckerCarlson and @thehill:https://t.co/qAzqX5fwjX pic.twitter.com/4kXsdKcWfK
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that Russia could invade Ukraine “at any time,” including during the Beijing Olympics.
In a televised meeting on Monday, Russian leaders signaled openness to diplomacy despite reports that Russia could invade Ukraine as soon as Wednesday.
President Joe Biden issued an address on the Russia-Ukraine crisis Tuesday amid conflicting reports about Russia's plans to invade the former Soviet territory.
President Joe Biden told reporters Thursday that his “sense” was that Russia could invade Ukraine “within the next several days,” adding that while the risk was “very high,” there was still a “clear diplomatic path.”
President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he was "convinced" Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to invade Ukraine.
China and Russia affirmed a deep strategic partnership with "no limits" earlier this month, alarming many voices across the political spectrum.
Will President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit on the Russia-Ukraine crisis? Government officials in Moscow, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere have different answers.
President Joe Biden will sign an executive order blocking new U.S. investment to two separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized them as independent, the White House said Monday.
Germany has announced that it is halting certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline amid the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
President Joe Biden announced economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, condemning what he said was the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council announced that a 30-day state of emergency will be introduced across all parts of Ukraine under government control.
Politicians and commentators in the U.S. and abroad were quick to point fingers after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into separatist-contested regions of eastern Ukraine.
Feb. 24: Russia Attacks Ukraine
Russia launched a "special military operation" in Ukraine Thursday, sending Russian troops and tanks flowing into the country as explosions were reported across major Ukrainian cities.
Russia launched a "special military operation" in Ukraine, sending Russian troops flowing into the country as explosions were reported across major Ukrainian cities.— AllSides (@AllSidesNow) February 24, 2022
See the potential biases and differences in reports from @cnn, @epochtimes and @ap:https://t.co/DO5mGdWsll pic.twitter.com/vS6vpobPkY
As world leaders rushed to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a new wave of sanctions against Russia by the U.S. and partners around the world.
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Joseph Ratliff is a Daily News Editor at AllSides. He has a Lean Left bias.
This piece was reviewed by Julie Mastrine, Director of Marketing and Media Bias Ratings (Lean Right)