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Latest News on Russia-Ukraine War

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  • Ukraine will receive €1.5bn (£1.3bn) in Russian frozen assets revenue in July and €1.9bn (£1.6bn) under the Ukraine Facility already this month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said.

  • Children are being evacuated from border villages in the Kharkiv region amid fears of a renewed Russian offensive, local authorities have said. Six villages in the border districts of Zolochiv, located just a few hundred metres from the Russian border, have been subjected to a “mandatory evacuation.” Authorities have planned for 1,740 people to be taken out of the area.

  • Kyiv warned of more power cuts following large-scale Russian attacks on Ukrainian power plants and energy infrastructure. “After six massive attacks on the power grid, there is a significant power shortage,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy said on social media.

June 2024

  • Leaders of the United States and France have reaffirmed support for Ukraine in its battle against Russia’s invasion during a meeting in Paris, with President Joe Biden warning that Vladimir Putin would “not stop” at Ukraine.

May 2024

  • As Russia presses forward with its offensive in northeastern Ukraine with an attack that has killed 18 so far, Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has secured from Spain a pledge of additional air defense missiles to help fight the approximately 3,000 bombs he says Russia is launching at Ukraine each month.

  • Two Russian missiles hit a hardware hypermarket with about 200 people believed to be inside in the first attack on 27th May 2024. Four people were killed and at least 38 injured, two being store employees.

  • Russian strikes on the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv killed at least seven people, according to the regional governor, Oleg Sinegubov.

  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on allies to get more directly involved in the war, such as by helping to intercept Russian missiles.

  • US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken announces $2bn in military aid as Russia claims to have taken more settlements. Blinken said new support from the US was coming at a “critical time.”

  • Ukraine has evacuated about 8,000 people from its northeastern Kharkiv region since Russia launched a major ground assault on the area last week.

  • US secretary of state says ammunition, armoured vehicles and missiles will be rushed to frontline as Moscow says it has captured more territory.

  • Under heavy Russian fire, Ukraine withdraws troops from parts of besieged Kharkiv region.

  • Putin to replace longtime defense minister in surprise move; Russia claims gains as fighting rages in northeast Ukraine.

  • Russia presses renewed border assault in northeast Ukraine as thousands flee.

 

April 2024

March 2024

  • Germany’s defense minister, Boris Pistorius, said Berlin would send Ukraine 10,000 rounds of badly needed artillery shells, 100 armored infantry vehicles, and transport equipment in a new infusion of support worth 500 million euros, about $544 million.

  • A Russian ballistic missile attack blasted homes in the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa, followed by a second missile that targeted first responders who arrived at the scene, officials said. At least 16 people were killed and 10 houses in Odesa and some emergency service equipment were damaged in the strike. 

  • Russia does not intend to join a high-level peace conference that aims to bring an end to the war in Ukraine, even if it is formally invited, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

  • Denmark will provide a new military aid package including Caesar artillery systems and ammunition to Ukraine worth around 2.3 billion Danish crowns ($336.6 million).

  • The United States is preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine that could be worth as much as $400 million.

  • European Union countries are set to agree on a new 5 billion euro ($5.46 billion) top-up to a fund used to finance military shipments to Ukraine, the Financial Times reported. 

  • Ukrainian soldiers retreated from Avdiivka after a four-month battle under a relentless onslaught of Russian artillery and glide bombs that destroyed buildings and broke through deep concrete bunkers.

  • Russia has increasingly used warplanes near the front lines to drop powerful guided bombs on Ukrainian positions and clear a path forward for the infantry. The Ukrainian Army last week said it had shot down seven Su-34 fighter jets, nearly all operating in the east, just a few days after downing an A-50 long-range radar reconnaissance aircraft.

  • At least two civilians have been killed and another one injured in Kupiansk, a town in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, in a Russian attack with guided bombs, according to the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration. 

  • The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that Moscow’s forces have taken control of the settlement of Sieverne, west of the town of Avdiivka in the eastern Donetsk region. Pro-Ukrainian military bloggers have also reported the loss of the village.

February 2024

  • Hundreds of Ukrainian troops may have been captured by advancing Russian units or disappeared during Ukraine’s chaotic retreat from the eastern city of Avdiivka, a devastating loss that could deal a blow to already weakening morale.

  • IAEA and Ukrainian officials are increasingly worried that attacks by Russian troops on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant -- the largest in Europe -- could cause it to be on the brink. Nuclear experts have identified three primary dangers: a military strike on the plant, a power outage that could trigger a meltdown, and staffing shortages.

  • Ukraine will need $9bn over 10 years for its culture and tourism sectors to recover, the United Nations’ cultural agency said on Tuesday, adding that the two-year war had so far cost the country over $19.6bn in tourism revenue.

  • Some parts of the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka are in a “critical” condition as they fight off incessant Russian shelling and incursions.

  • European Union leaders agreed Thursday to more than $50 billion in aid for Ukraine. In emergency meetings in Brussels, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has spent months railing against the aid, finally agreed to sign on — though the terms remain unclear.

  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has submitted a proposal to the Ukrainian parliament to extend martial law and general mobilization for another 90 days. The president first declared martial law and general mobilization on 24 February 2022, when Russia started its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

  • Olaf Scholz and four other European leaders have admitted that the EU has “fallen short” of its goals to supply Ukraine with artillery ammunition. On the eve of an emergency EU summit of EU leaders (to break the deadlock between member states and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán over a £50bn aid package), they have warned that Europe needs to intensify and accelerate its supplies to the frontline.

January 2024

  • At least 17 people have been injured, two of them seriously, after two S-300 Russian missiles hit residential buildings in the city of Kharkiv. 14 people have been sent to hospital.

  • Ukraine's power grid operator has said severe winter weather has left more than 1,000 towns and villages without electricity in nine regions.

  • Residents in Dnipro held a memorial service yesterday for the 46 people killed in a Russian missile strike a year ago. Six children were among those who died and dozens of other people were injured. 

  • Russia launched another wave of missile strikes across Ukraine. Ukrainian officials detailed increasing numbers of casualties and ongoing rescue efforts, as well as damaged residential and non-residential buildings. Six people died and 73 others were injured.

Ukrainians Fight Back

Ukrainians Fight Valiantly; America Leads the West in Delivering Much-Needed Military Aid

Directly after the invasion, Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said, “Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

Since then, Ukrainian men and women have defended their country with honor, banding together to sabotage the invasion with molotov cocktails and other creative methods like destroying key bridges. Their valor has helped them retake the strategic Mikolaiv airport from Russian forces. They have also killed four Russian generals. Their names are: Maj. Gen. Andrei Sukhovetsky (killed by sniper fire), Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, (killed in Kharkiv), Maj. Gen. Andrey Kolesnikov, and Maj. Gen. Oleg Mityaev (killed in Mariupol). 

It is not just the Ukrainian people defending their country. Despite being offered asylum, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also chosen to remain behind and fight off the Russians with his countrymen. His bravery has drawn international recognition and support from opposition parties. 

“Zelenskyy has rallied even traditional partners of Putin to his cause and helped buy political space for the West to take a hatchet to the Russian economy,” said Brian O’Toole, a former Treasury Department sanctions official.

Ukraine's bravery and freedom-loving spirit has earned it the nickname the "Texas" of Europe. An estimated 7,000 Russian troops have died in the fighting so far and 10% of the invading army’s equipment has also been destroyed.

Despite Ukraine's bravery, they are outmatched when it comes to weapons and numbers, and won't be able to defeat Russia without Western aid. 

Right now, Ukraine is preparing for a Russian siege on Odessa, a city near Ukraine's border with Moldova. 

A two-year-old child has died and four people wounded after Russian troops shelled the Ukrainian village of Novi Petrivtsi, to the north of Kyiv.

Russia continues its violent siege on Mariupol where 30,000 people have fled but more than 350,000 remain. Ukraine has accused Russia of bombing a theatre in Mariupol where hundreds of people were taking refuge, despite a sign saying “DETI” – or children, in Russian – written on the ground on either side of the building.

President Biden had the foresight to recognize this, and began preparing a impossibly strong sanctions against Russia before they ever invaded which he then promptly levied against Russia in the days following the invasion and supplemented by sending $360 million in military aid. 

The economy-ravaging sanctions are a way to throw a punch at Russia without entering full blown war. And other nations have quickly followed the United States' lead by ratcheting up their own sanctions and escalating military aid to Ukraine.

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Ukrainian woman survives Russian bombing of apartment building in Chuhuiv, near Kharkiv, Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. | Exclusive photos by Alex Lourie/Redux Pictures.

Washington and its partners have enacted a raft of measures — from new weapons transfers to anti-corruption punishments to powerful sanctions on Russian banks to the shutting of the European Union’s airspace to Russian flights — that are making Moscow suffer economically even as it struggles to tame Ukraine militarily.  Ukraine.

 

Many of the sanctions are aimed at Putin and wealthy Russian oligarchs directly, as well as the Russian economy as a whole. 

The Russian economy immediately felt the impact, with the country’s currency, the ruble, crashing as Russians rushed to get cash and the country’s stock market was kept shut.

In the wake of the economic downturn, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Gazprom to convert oil and gas contracts with hostile countries into rubles to boost the currency.

To hide the truth of his ill-fated invasion, Putin has suspended independent television and media in Russia–but too late. Russians are already protesting by the thousands in the largest cities. Many of them are being arrested just for holding up a sign condemning the war. 

With American support, Ukrainians have retaken Chernihiv, a key city near Kyiv. Though Russia continues to launch attacks near the Polish-Ukrainian border. 

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