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World War III
Date 26 February, 2014 - present
Location Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean
Status Ongoing
Belligerents
Coalition Forces:

Flag of the United StatesUnited States
Flag of the United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Flag of TurkeyTurkey
Flag of FranceFrance
Flag of GermanyGermany
Flag of JapanJapan
Flag of CanadaCanada
Flag of South KoreaSouth Korea
Flag of AustraliaAustralia
Flag of UkraineUkraine
Flag of SpainSpain
Flag of ItalyItaly
Flag of PortugalPortugal
Flag of PolandPoland
Flag of BulgariaBulgaria
Flag of NorwayNorway
Flag of the NetherlandsNetherlands
Flag of DenmarkDenmark
Flag of RomaniaRomania
Flag of HungaryHungary
Flag of GeorgiaGeorgia
Flag of the Czech RepublicCzech Republic
Flag of GreeceGreece
Flag of SlovakiaSlovakia
Flag of QatarQatar
Flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Flag of LatviaLatvia
Flag of LithuaniaLithuania
Flag of AlbaniaAlbania
Flag of MoldovaMoldova
Flag of CroatiaCroatia
Flag of EstoniaEstonia
Flag of SloveniaSlovenia

Anti-coalition Forces:

Flag of RussiaRussia
Flag of the People's Republic of ChinaChina
Flag of PakistanPakistan
Flag of KazakhstanKazakhstan
Flag of UzbekistanUzbekistan
Flag of SyriaSyria
Flag of BelarusBelarus
Flag of CubaCuba
Flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
Flag of ArmeniaArmenia
Flag of TajikistanTajikistan
Co-belligerents
Flag of North KoreaNorth Korea
Flag of PalestineGaza Strip
Flag of Islamic State of IraqISIS
Client and Puppet States
Flag of TransnistriaTransnistria
Flag of AbkhaziaAbkhazia
Flag of South OssetiaSouth Ossetia

Commanders and leaders
Flag of the United StatesBarrack Obama
Flag of the United KingdomDavid Cameron
Flag of TurkeyAbdullah Gul
Flag of FranceFrançois Hollande
Flag of GermanyAngela Merkel
Flag of RussiaVladimir Putin
Flag of the People's Republic of ChinaXi Jinping
Flag of PakistanMamnoon Hussain
Flag of KazakhstanKarim Massimov
Strength
3.5 million 3.8 million
Casualties and losses
130,000 combatants, 174,000 civilians 168,000 combatants, 145,000 civilians

World War III, abbreviated WWIII or WW-3, is an ongoing global war centered around Europe between members of two opposing military alliances: Coalition forces and anti-coalition forces. Beginning as a regional dispute involving Russia and Ukraine, the war soon escalated into an intense global conflict.

Background

By the time of the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine in favor of closer ties with Europe, tensions between Russia and the west became the worst they'd ever been since the Cold War. In February 2014, these protests forced the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president Victor Yanukovich. This led to complete deterioration of relations between Russia and Ukraine. This also led to concerns by ethnic Russians in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, as the country's new government removed Russian as one of the country's official languages. As a result, many Crimeans called for Russian military intervention in the region.

Fighting begins

Due to Crimea's calls for Russian military intervention, Russia deployed special forces into the Crimean peninsula on February 26th. This move was condemned by Western-aligned governments worldwide. On March 9th, a NATO-led coalition of nations launched a military operation in Crimea and parts of Russia. Ground troops were deployed in Crimea, fighter jets participated in aerial bombings and ships in the Black Sea launched missiles at Russian military targets in the region. The main event of escalation occurred on March 16th, when three NATO jets bombed Russia's only warm water naval base, situated in Crimea. Due to this attack, all members of CSTO and SCO, under Russian pressure, entered the conflict alongside Pakistan, Syria and Cuba. These countries, known as anti-coalition forces, deployed troops and aircraft of their own to Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. As the conflict escalated, fighting quickly spread to the Baltic states, Georgia and Syria.

Battles

European/West Asian theatre

Middle Eastern Theatre

Others

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