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Why is Russia invading Ukraine?

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By air, land, and sea, Russia has launched a devastating attack on Ukraine, a European democracy of 44 million people. For months President Vladimir Putin had denied he would invade his neighbour, but then he tore up a peace deal, sending forces across borders in Ukraine’s north, east and south.
As the number of dead climbs, he is now accused of shattering peace in Europe and what happens next could jeopardise the continent’s entire security structure.

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Where have Russian troops attacked and why?

Airports and military headquarters were hit first, near cities across Ukraine, including the main Boryspil international airport in Kyiv.
Then tanks and troops rolled into Ukraine in the north-east, near Kharkiv, a city of 1.4 million people; in the east near Luhansk, from neighbouring Belarus in the north and Crimea in the south. Paratroops seized a key airbase just outside Kyiv and Russian troops landed in Ukraine’s big port cities of Odesa and Mariupol too.

Moments before the invasion began, President Putin went on TV declaring that Russia could not feel “safe, develop and exist” because of what he called a constant threat from modern Ukraine.

 

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Many of his arguments were false or irrational. He claimed his goal was to protect people subjected to bullying and genocide and aim for the “demilitarisation and de-Nazification” of Ukraine. There has been no genocide in Ukraine – it is a vibrant democracy led by a president who is Jewish. “How could I be a Nazi?” said Volodymr Zelensky, who likened Russia’s onslaught to Nazi Germany’s invasion in World War Two.

President Putin has frequently accused Ukraine of being taken over by extremists, ever since its pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted in 2014 after months of protests against his rule. Russia then retaliated by seizing the southern region of Crimea and triggering a rebellion in the east, backing separatists who have fought Ukrainian forces in a war that has claimed 14,000 lives.

Late in 2021 he began deploying big numbers of Russian troops close to Ukraine’s borders. Then this week he scrapped a 2015 peace deal for the east and recognised areas under rebel control as independent.

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Russia has long resisted Ukraine’s move towards the European Union and the West’s defensive military alliance Nato. Announcing Russia’s invasion, he accused Nato of threatening “our historic future as a nation”.

How far will Russia go?

Russia has refused to say if it seeks to overthrow Ukraine’s democratically elected government, although it believes that ideally Ukraine should be “freed, cleansed of the Nazis”. Mr Putin spoke of bringing to court “those who committed numerous bloody crimes against civilians”.

It was a thinly veiled hint and by invading from Belarus and seizing Antonov airport close to the outskirts of Kyiv, there is little doubt that the capital is well within his sights.

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In the days before the invasion, when up to 200,000 troops were within reach of Ukraine’s borders, he had focused his attention on the east.

By recognising the Russian proxy separatist areasof Luhansk and Donetsk as independent, he had already decided they were no longer part of Ukraine. Then he revealed that he supported their claims to far more Ukrainian territory. The self-styled people’s republics cover little more than a third of the whole of Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions but the rebels covet the rest, too.

How dangerous is this invasion for Europe?

These are terrifying times for the people of Ukraine and horrifying for the rest of the continent, witnessing a major power invading a European neighbour for the first time since World War Two.
Dozens have died already in what Germany has dubbed “Putin’s war”, both civilians and soldiers. And for Europe’s leaders this invasion has brought some of the darkest hours since the 1940s. It was, said France’s Emmanuel Macron, a turning point in Europe’s history. Recalling the Cold War days of the Soviet Union, Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of Ukraine’s bid to avoid a new iron curtain closing Russia off from the civilised world.

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For the families of both armed forces there will be anxious days ahead. Ukrainians have already suffered a gruelling eight-year war with Russian proxies. The military has called up all reservists aged 18 to 60 years old. Top US military official Mark Milley said the scale of Russian forces would mean a “horrific” scenario with conflict in dense urban areas.

The invasion has knock-on effects for many other countries bordering both Russia and Ukraine. Latvia, Poland and Moldova say they are preparing for a big influx of refugees. A state of emergency has been declared in Lithuania and Moldova, where thousands of women and children have already entered.
This is not a war that Russia’s population was prepared for either, as the invasion was rubber-stamped by a largely unrepresentative upper house of parliament.

What can the West do?

Nato has put warplanes on alert but the Western alliance has made clear there are no plans to send combat troops to Ukraine itself. Instead they have offered advisers, weapons and field hospitals. Meanwhile, 5,000 Nato troops have been deployed in the Baltic states and Poland. Another 4,000 could be sent to Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia.
Instead, the West is targeting Russia’s economy, industry and individuals.
The EU has promised to restrict Russian access to capital markets and cut off its industry from latest technology. It has already imposed sanctions on 351 MPs who backed Russia’s recognition of the rebel-held regions

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Germany has halted approval on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a major investment by both Russia and European companies

The US says it will cut off Russia’s government from Western financial institutions and target high-ranking “elites”

The UK says all major Russian banks would have their assets frozen, with 100 individuals and entities targeted; and Russia’s national airline Aeroflot will also be banned from landing in the UK.

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Ukraine has urged its allies to stop buying Russian oil and gas. The three Baltic states have called on the whole international community to disconnect Russia’s banking system from the international Swift payment system. That could badly impact the US and European economies.
The Russian city of St Petersburg will no longer be able to host this year’s Champions League final for security reasons. Europe’s football governing body Uefa is also planning further measures.

By Paul Kirby
BBC News

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Biography of Bra Adjei, A Powerful Gospel Musician From Ghana.

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Bra Adjei, born Emmanuel Adjei is a renowned Ghanaian Gospel musician from Cape Coast in the Central Region. He had his basic education at Twifo Kyebi D/C School and continued to Ideal College in Accra for his second-cycle education.

Bra Adjei, Gospel Musician

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and an MPhil in Music Education both from the University of Cape Coast. Emmanuel Adjei is a successful Entrepreneur and a passionate Gospel musician who began his music career as a singer during his childhood days at Sunday School service.

He became a priest and worship leader at his church in the year 2010. When he realized his interest in music, Bra Adjei joined a non-denominational choir in 2011 where he learned the theoretical basics of music and began writing his own Gospel songs and recording his first single in the year 2022.

Bra Adjei has been pursuing music actively for the past 2 year. He was inspired by the joy and privileges enjoyed by Gospel Musicians in the music industry.

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Signed unto King Pee Empire as his music label management, His Manager, King Pee, the Central Regional MUSIGA Chairman has contributed enormously towards the success of his music career.

Bra Adjei currently has three (3) powerful songs to his credit dubbed; Ohene David, Ote Saa, and Adom.  With a fast-growing Music Brand, Bra Adjei has ministered on great platforms like Shaback in 2014, 2016, and 2017 in Cape Coast.

Also, he performed at Harvest Praise in 2015, 2016 and 2017. His outstanding stagecraft and ministration allowed him to share the same stage with renowned gospel musicians at Ayeyi Kese and David Asa in 2022 and 2023.

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In 2years of his music career, Bra Adjei has worked with fellow gospel musicians like Helena Ewudah and Samuel Sam.

The ‘Adom’ hitmaker aspires to collaborate with seasoned Ghanaian and International gospel musicians like Nacee, Nathaniel Bassey, Joe Mettle, Don Moen, and Benjamin Dube. You can access the songs of Bra Adjei on all digital music platforms for streaming.

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