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The morning of February 24, 2022, represents a critical point in European history, one that harks back to events leading up to World War II. Admittedly, post-WWII Europe has never been a conflict-free zone, because from then to now it has experienced war and other violent events: episodes related to the Cold War; the uprisings in Eastern countries; the wars in the Balkans after the fall of Yugoslavia in 1991; and then Russian wars and military presence in the Caucasus from 1991 to the present. However, despite obvious signs from the Kremlin, signaling that open conflict with Ukraine was probable, most experts and the average European citizen woke up the morning of Russia’s attack with a tremendous sense of fear due to the dramatic events.

Bear in mind that this war had actually begun eight years earlier, with Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the conflict in the Donbass region. The Europeans and the rest of the world had mostly turned a blind eye, continuing to do business with Putin’s Russia, entering into new trade contracts and effectively acceding to the growth of the Russian Federation’s economic and military power. It bears repeating: the war in Ukraine began in 2014.
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