The ripples of the war Russia says isn’t a war

Eight months after Russia launched a war in Ukraine, tens of thousands have been killed. Russian president Vladimir Putin illegally annexed four more regions of Ukraine and then declared martial law. He may be laying the groundwork for more restrictive measures throughout Russia.


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October 20, 2022 - 3:17 PM

People clear blast debris outside a house where a couple was killed in a Russian drone strike on Oct. 19, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Civilians continue to pay with their lives in this war. An estimated 18 million have been displaced and are in need of humanitarian aid. Many are without water or electricity. (Ed Ram/Getty Images/TNS)

LONDON (AP) — It’s not a war, Vladimir Putin said then — and says now. It’s a “special military operation.” In most every sense of the term, though, Russia’s war in Ukraine is precisely that.

And when a nation is at war, even if it claims it is not, the reverberations back home — the place where the conflict was first conceived — can be far-reaching.

Eight months after Russia launched a war in February expecting a lightning victory against neighboring Ukraine, an independent nation from which it already annexed Crimea in 2014, tens of thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine. Millions are displaced from their homes. A brutal winter approaches. Nuclear fears are spiking. And the Kremlin is now using killer drones to degrade Ukraine’s power supply, plunging more hundreds of thousands into darkness.

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