Russia uses Olympics as cover for invasions

(NewsNation Now) – President Joe Biden said this week that a Russian invasion of Ukraine “remains entirely possible.” This is not the first time that the country has encroached on its neighbors’ borders during the Olympics.

Three times in the past 20 years, Russia has invaded a neighboring country during the games.

In 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Georgia, a country in the Caucasus region, during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Russia occupied the region with 40,000 soldiers and it lasted five days.

In 2014, Russia struck again. Putin has invaded Crimea, just three days from the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Since then, the country has supported the rebels in a war against Ukrainian forces in the eastern region of Donbass.

The invasion of Georgia resulted in the capture of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Crimea was officially acquired after the invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

Now, for the third time, Russia has used the Olympics as cover for its efforts to expand its borders. The country hopes to acquire the Ukrainian cities of Lugansk and Donetsk, a region known as Donbass where separatists have been fighting the Ukrainian army since 2014, according to Reuters.

Reuters contributed to this article

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