Outline of the Russo-Ukrainian War

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Russo-Ukrainian War
Part of post-Soviet conflicts
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.svg
Zones of control in Ukraine as of 10 May 2024
   Continuously controlled by Ukraine

For a more detailed map, see the Russo-Ukrainian War detailed map
Date20 February 2014 – present
(10 years, 2 months, 2 weeks and 6 days)
Commanders and leaders

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the Russo-Ukrainian War:


Russo-Ukrainian War – ongoing international conflict between Russia, alongside Russian-backed separatists, and Ukraine, which began in February 2014. Following Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and supported pro-Russian separatists fighting the Ukrainian military in the Donbas war. The first eight years of conflict also included naval incidents, cyberwarfare, and heightened political tensions. In February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Overview of articles

Top-level overview articles

Major overview subdivisions


Years in Russia

Years in Ukraine


An alphabetical list of subjects related to the war. Articles related to a subject are listed alphabetically under the main subject.


Historical background

Prelude to the war

A chronological list of articles about the period immediately prelude to war; for earlier articles see the Historical background section.

Civil Defense

Communications and the media


Slogans, visual expressions, and symbols

Propaganda, sham elections, and disinformation


Economics and food

Effects within Russia

Elections and referendums



Human rights, war crimes, genocide

Human rights

War crimes

Sexual violence


Dislocation of the Ukrainian population

The following section includes forced movement (e.g. ethnic cleansing) and crisis movement (e.g. war refugees/evacuees).

Prosecution of war criminals

Other subjects

Public opinion and national morale







Peace issues

Prisoners of war



Geographic overview


An oblast ( /ˈɒblæst/ ; also UK: /ˈɒblɑːst/ ; Ukrainian, Russian: область) is a type of administrative division within the Russian empire and Soviet Union that continues to be used in Russia and some post-Imperial/Soviet states. [2] [3]

Autonomous republic Cities with special status

Urban centers

Territorial changes

An alphabetical outline of territorial changes during the war.

Areas under Russian occupation


A chronological outline of events. Articles related to particular events are listed alphabetically under the main article for the event they are related to.

Protests and unrest

Military operations and activities

A chronological outline of military operations. Articles related to particular battles are listed alphabetically under the main article for the operation they are related to.


When a event or topic covers more than one year the article appears in the year the event started.










Articles organized by geographic region

Eastern Ukraine



Western Ukraine
Southern Ukraine



Northern Ukraine



Central Ukraine
Crimea and the Black Sea
Outside Ukraine

Attacks on civilians


Movement of the population

Illegal annexations



An alphabetical list of individuals significantly related to the war. Individuals are listed under their nationality, not political alignment.

Russian figures

Political (pro-Russian)

Military (Russian aligned or controlled)

Other (pro-Russian)

Ukrainian figures

Political (pro-Ukrainian)

Military (Ukrainian aligned and controlled)

Journalists (pro-Ukrainian)

Other (Ukrainian aligned and controlled)

  • Under construction

Other individuals

Political (other)

Military (other)

  • Under construction

Private (other)

  • Under construction

Military units, equipment, and bases

An alphabetical list of military units involved in a significant way the war.

Russian military units

Command and organization


This section contains articles about major formations or units with significance to the war. For a complete list see List of Russian units which invaded the territory of Ukraine

Ukrainian military units

Command and organization


Military equipment

Russian equipment
Ukrainian equipment
NATO equipment
International equipment

Military bases and facilities

In Russia
In Ukraine

Military exercises


Pro Russian organizations

Political (pro-Russian)

Military (Russian controlled and aligned)

Other (pro-Russian)

Pro Ukrainian organizations

Political (pro-Ukrainian)

Military (Ukrainian controlled and aligned)

Other (Ukrainian controlled and aligned)

Other organizations

Political (3rd parties)

    Military (3rd parties)

    • Under construction

    Other (3rd parties)

    • Under construction

    International involvement


    International events




    Other international involvement

    Military cooperation with the Russian Federation

    Military cooperation with Ukraine

    Resolutions and statements

    Items are listed chronologically within individual sections.

    International organizations


    European Union

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization



    United States


    Books and publications

    Academic journals


    Other topics

    See also

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    1. Russian occupied airport in Crimea used as a military airbase.
    2. Used by Russia black sea fleet


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