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Russian Troops in Kharkiv in 2022

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Kharkiv is a strategically-important city with its city limits located only about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border. According to Al-Jazeera, in the event of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kharkiv could be the first city to be attacked.

According to CNN and the Ukranian Defense Ministry Russia has at least 127,000 troops massed outside of Ukraine as of January 19, 2022.

Will Russian troops enter Kharkiv, Ukraine before December 31, 2022?

This question will resolve positively if Russian troops enter Kharkiv, Ukraine Before December 31, 2022, according to credible media reports (e.g., Reuters, BBC, AP). For purposes of this question, "entering Kharkiv" requires at least 100 Russian troops, wearing Russian insignia and under the Russian banner, entering the city limits of Kharkiv for any length of time without the consent of the Ukranian government. A repelled attack on the city still would count, provided it could be ascertained to a high degree of confidence that at least 100 Russian troops were within city limits.

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