On Feb. 24, 2022, after months of build-up and escalating tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russian troops invaded their neighboring country in the largest and most significant military action in Europe since World War II.
Everyone assumed Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, would fall within days — if not hours — under assault from what experts had described as the Russian military juggernaut. But it didn’t turn out that way, thanks to billions of dollars worth of military aid from Western allies including the United States — and including many tons of ordnance that have staggered the Russian bear and kept Ukrainian hopes alive.
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