A brief history of Russian invasions
Ukraine is the most recent of many Russian acts of aggression
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has had the world on the edge of its seat, hoping that the conflict will end as soon as possible and Russia will turn back, especially given the Russian Federation's failure to capture and hold the Donbas region or the city of Kharkiv. Sadly, Russia shows no sign of stepping back, and as recently as May 12 the country has threatened another neighboring state, Finland, who has announced their plans to join NATO. Russia warned they would be forced to take "retaliatory steps" against the Northern European country if it followed through on its membership plan.
For many, the turbulent and tumultuous times that we live in today make it easy to forget the past. Unfortunately, these acts from Russia are far from unprecedented. For centuries, the many forms of Russia, from the Russian Empire to the USSR, have written a long and bloody history of imperialism, aggression, and expansionism.
Read on for a brief rundown of the current conflict caused by Russia, its context, and where its place is in the story of international Russian intervention.
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