War drums
Joe's war
Putin claims Russia isn't planning an invasion
Ukraine prepares to defend itself
Young volunteers for war
Women enlist
Waiting for the enemy
Military supplies are selling quickly
Evacuation of the US embassy in Kiev
A war in winter?
Europe calls for calm
A war could cause an energy crisis in Europe
Patriotic marches
Ukrainians have been taking to the streets
Defending a flag
Border tension
The United States makes accusations
War precedents
Give peace a chance
In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(1/19)
War drums

The border between Ukraine and Russia is ripe with military tension, with troop movements on both sides and the world holding its breath in the face of a possible global conflagration in which NATO is a willing participant.

Pictured: A poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin is used as target practice along a trench on the frontline in Ukraine.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(2/19)
Joe's war

NATO has declared a "state of alert" and has sent ships and planes to Eastern Europe. In addition, US President Joe Biden has been talking about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(3/19)
Putin claims Russia isn't planning an invasion

Putin denies that he intends to invade the territory. But in the meantime, the soldiers already have their fingers on the trigger.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(4/19)
Ukraine prepares to defend itself

Throughout Ukraine, thousands of civilians are participating in basic combat training. Here we see the civilian participants of a Kyiv Territorial Defence unit training on January 22, 2022. Civilians like these will be under the direct command of the Ukrainian military if war erupts.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(5/19)
Young volunteers for war

Faced with the threat of war, many civilian volunteers are youngsters, such as these young men, who want to defend their homeland.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(6/19)
Women enlist

It isn't just the young men that are enlisting. Pictured is Tatiana, a young Ukrainian a veterinary student, who has joined the volunteer troops training to defend Ukraine.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(7/19)
Waiting for the enemy

Here we see a civilian participant take a break during an attack exercise during training in Kyiv, Ukraine.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(8/19)
Military supplies are selling quickly

In stores like the one in the image, in Kyiv, sales of military-inspired material have multiplied, which are bought by civilians willing to fight if necessary.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(9/19)
Evacuation of the US embassy in Kiev

The US embassy in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, has been partially evacuated. According to The New York Times, the government ordered the departure of the families of embassy officials from the country in the face of the possible outbreak of an armed conflict.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(10/19)
A war in winter?

The frozen landscape that dominates Ukraine during these dates is not optimal for a war. Historically "General Winter" (as Napoleon called the adverse weather that defeated him in Russia) is usually a bad military ally for those who come from abroad.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(11/19)
Europe calls for calm

The European Union maintains a moderate position compared to the warmongering rhetoric of the United States or Russia.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(12/19)
A war could cause an energy crisis in Europe

A war would mean serious difficulties for Europe: an economic crisis and, most likely, an energy crisis (the gas from Russia is used for heating a significant part of the continent).

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(13/19)
Patriotic marches

In Ukraine the patriotic mobilization can be seen in the streets.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(14/19)
Ukrainians have been taking to the streets

Patriotic marches have been shaking the streets of Ukrainian cities for weeks.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(15/19)
Defending a flag

The flag of Ukraine is held up by patriots. Although the newspapers speak of a population that, in general, hopes that peace will prevail.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(16/19)
Border tension

Border tension between Ukraine and Russia has been common since the Soviet Union disintegrated. Now it has exploded because Putin accuses NATO of wanting to integrate Ukraine into its structure, which would mean the possibility of placing Western troops at Russia's gates.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(17/19)
The United States makes accusations

The United States has come into play, accusing the Russians of massively moving troops across the border. And from there, the accusation that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(18/19)
War precedents

Among the warlike precedents to this conflict is the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in 2014 (until then Ukrainian territory) or the Donbas war, where there was a confrontation between pro-Russian factions and supporters of the Kyiv government. Pictured: tombstones placed in tribute to the civilian victims of the Donbas war.

In pictures: Tension escalates between Ukraine and Russia
(19/19)
Give peace a chance

And while the tension grows, the simple motto of 'No war!' is being revived in many places. The image used here is from Berlin, but in many other places in the world, people just want the parties in conflict to reach an agreement and give peace a chance.

 

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