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  • 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 had died and 73 others were injured.

  • Residents of more than two dozen villages in the Kharkiv region have been urged to evacuate because of worsening Russian attacks, the governor announced.

  • 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.

"Brutality will never grind down the will of the free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia."

—President Joe Biden

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Russian Aggression in Ukraine Causes Mass Civilian Casualties 

Russia's ruthless invasion of Ukraine has resulted in mass casualties. 

Russia has used airstrikes and conducted major rocket and artillery bombardments of civilian centers, intentionally striking residential buildings, schools, and hospitals. The Russians have been targeting hospitals and health centers far from the front lines of battle. 

 

Civilians in Kyiv are seeking safety in bomb shelters and subway stations as the Russian bombardment continues.  More than ten million Ukrainians have fled the country as refugees since the war began. In addition, at least 7.7 million people are internally displaced in Ukraine having been forced to flee their homes.

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Brittany Griner, Russian Political Prisoner, Released in Prisoner Swap

Brittany Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison for having a small amount of hash oil in a Russian airport. Her arrest and sham trial coincided with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and her ruthless punishment by the Russian government was part of Russia's geopolitical play against the USA. 

On December 8, 2022, President Biden successfully negotiated her release in exchange for Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer. 

Former American marine, Paul Whelan, who is also serving time in Russian prison for false charges of espionage, was not released in this exchange, as was hoped by the American public. Reports indicate the Russia was unwilling to consider exchanging Whelan. 

"This was not a choice of which American to bring home," Present Biden said after announcing the swap. "Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul's case differently than Brittney's. And while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul's release, we are not giving up. We will never give up."

In a statement, Paul Whelan's brother, David Whelan, said:

"I am so glad that Brittney Griner is on her way home. As the family member of a Russian hostage, I can literally only imagine the joy she will have, being reunited with her loved ones, and in time for the holidays. There is no greater success than for a wrongful detainee to be freed and for them to go home. The Biden administration made the right decision to bring Ms. Griner home, and to make the deal that was possible, rather than waiting for one that wasn't going to happen."

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Ongoing Updates of Russian Aggression

December 2023 

  • Ukraine’s military is asking for an additional 450,000 to 500,000 people to be mobilized, the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told media in a wide-ranging press conference. The development comes as Kyiv struggles to obtain approval for aid packages from the U.S. and EU and as its troops continue to face heavy fighting amid a bitterly cold winter. 

  • President Zelenskyy is in Washington to discuss the Ukraine aid impasse with Biden. The meeting is meant to discuss the rollout of aid from the U.S.

  • The U.S. announced Wednesday $175 million in additional Ukraine aid from its dwindling funds for Kyiv. 

  • Ukraine signaled that it is shifting its military tactics toward a more defensive footing after an analysis of Russia’s resource capabilities and as winter approaches. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last week that winter “as a whole is a new phase of war,” with freezing temperatures making fighting far more difficult and the defense of critical energy infrastructure far more of a priority. 

November 2023 

  • Foreign ministers of NATO countries have assembled in Brussels for security talks as Russia presses ahead in its war against Ukraine. The Russia-Ukraine war appeared to top the agenda of the two-day summit which began on Nov 28, 2023, as NATO’s chief urged allies to continue supporting the war-wracked country amid funding hold-ups in Washington and Europe.​​

  • Germany will support Ukraine with another military aid package worth €1.3bn (£1.1bn) that will include an additional IRIS-T air defense unit, according to Germany's defense minister.

  • Russian forces are pummeling Ukrainian units that have crossed over the Dnieper river to the Russian-occupied bank of the Kherson River. The Kherson area, in southern Ukraine, is partially occupied by Russian forces after an offensive to take the city of Kherson last year prompted Russian forces to withdraw to the eastern bank of the river.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is increasing its attacks across the front line, with increased strikes also against the country's energy infrastructure ahead of the winter, as it did this time last year.

  • A Russian missile hits a Liberia-flagged ship in Odesa, Ukraine’s main Black Sea port. The strike hit a Liberian-flagged freighter, killing a port worker and wounding another, as well as three citizens of the Philippines, and crew members on the ship.

  • Kyiv said two dozen Russian drones and a missile were downed overnight as concern grows that Moscow is once again targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure ahead of winter. Officials in Kharkiv reported civilian targets were hit by shelling and drone attacks.

  • Ukraine’s commander-in-chief has conceded that war is at a stalemate and a ‘beautiful breakthrough’ is unlikely as there have been few gains in Ukraine’s five-month-long counteroffensive to retake Russian-occupied territory.

  • As of 1 November 2023, 18 million Ukrainians —more than 40% of the population— needed some form of humanitarian assistance.

October 2023

September 2023

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a field office in Kyiv to help investigate war crimes in Ukraine following Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022. Announcing the move in the Ukrainian capital Thursday, ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan said the war was a moment of huge responsibility for the Court, requiring perseverance and endurance.  

  • Ukraine calls for tougher sanctions after reports Russia has evaded international restrictions and increased its missile production.

  • Ukrainian forces recaptured a group of oil and gas drilling platforms off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, Kyiv's military intelligence agency. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • BREAKING: Wagner Boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is confirmed dead after his plane was shot down near the Tver region, north of Moscow. 

  1.  A memorial service has been held for the 62-year-old mercenary chief.

  • Germany is pledging an additional 20 million euros (about $21 million) in humanitarian aid for Ukraine to prepare for winter, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said during a surprise visit to Kyiv Monday. 

  • Lithuania has announced it has donated 4.5 million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine, the country’s Ministry of Defense announced on Friday. 

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged an additional $1 billion in assistance to Ukraine on Wednesday 6 September during a visit to Kyiv aimed at boosting support for the country. 

  • At least 16 people have been killed and a further 28 injured in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, according to Ukraine's Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko

  • Russia-Ukraine updates: US unveils new $250m military package for Ukraine. The United States announced a new package of military assistance to support Ukraine that includes additional air defense and artillery munitions, mine-clearing equipment, and medical vehicles.

  • More than 900 people were killed or injured by cluster munitions in Ukraine last year amid broad Russian use of the widely banned weapons, drastically increasing global casualty figures. 

  • Cuba has uncovered a human trafficking ring aimed at recruiting Cubans to fight as mercenaries for Russia in its war in Ukraine, its foreign ministry has said, as Moscow seeks to increase the size of its forces.

August 2023

  • Ukrainian officials said that a 45-year-old resident of Kupiansk died under Russian artillery shelling on Tuesday morning, as attacks on the northeastern city mounted and the authorities stepped up calls for civilians to evacuate.

  • Ukrainian authorities have ordered a mandatory evacuation of children from two districts of the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region that are under persistent shelling by the Russians.  Altogether more than 50 children are still thought to live in the districts. 

  • The United States has said that it will begin flight training for Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets in October.

  • Russian air defenses destroyed 42 Ukrainian drones over the Crimean Peninsula early Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Telegram. 

  • Russia's disregard for civilian life continues: 

    • ​Two teachers were killed and four people were injured when a Shahed drone hit a school in Romny, in the Sumy region in northeastern Ukraine. 

    • Russian air strikes are targeting civilians, forcing mass evacuations around the city of Kupiansk in northern Ukraine.

  • The United States has approved sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to defend against Russian invaders.

  • NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has promised to back Ukraine until it “wins the war”, claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin has “underestimated” the alliance.​​​

  • Russia's missile strikes in Ukraine's western Lviv region overnight wounded at least 19 people, including a 10-year-old child, and extensively damaged civilian infrastructure. The attacks — which happen in the west less often than on the front lines in the east and west — also resulted in the hospitalization of five people, according to the head of the Lviv regional military administration. 

  • Russia says it thwarted 2 more Ukrainian drone attacks in the Belgorod region. Russian air defense systems detected and destroyed multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, over the territory of the Belgorod region, the defense ministry said on Monday, 14th August.

  • Ukrainian forces have hit an industrial site in the Russian-controlled city of Donetsk, causing a fire and an ammonia leak, the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Territorial Defense said in a Telegram post. 

  • Ukraine has provided the Pentagon with a report about the use of controversial American cluster munitions in the fight with Russia, a Ukrainian official told CNN on Wednesday. The official said the information transmitted to the defense department included both the number of rounds fired and the number of Russian targets destroyed, though the official declined to say what those figures are.  

  • As of 8 August, at least 78 rescuers have been killed and 280 wounded in Ukraine since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion while responding to missile strikes, according to Col. Oleksandr Khorunzhyi, spokesperson for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.​​​

  • On August 7, SBU, the Ukrainian security service, detained an informant who was sharing intelligence with Russia as part of an assassination plot against President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to a SBU statement, the woman "was preparing an enemy airstrike on Mykolaiv region," planned during a visit by Zelenskyy.

  • Ukraine has significantly damaged a Russian warship in the Black sea port of Novorossiysk, using an unmanned boat, known as a sea drone, to carry out the attack. The ship had been used to transport troops and military hardware to occupied Ukrainian ports, but now is out of commission following the successful Ukrainian attack.

  • Ukrainian officials have given details of a large pipeline being built to supply water to communities affected by the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam on the river Dnipro in June. 

  • On August 2, Russia attacked Ukraine's port city Izmail, which has become the country's main alternative route for grain exports since Russia pulled out of the grain deal and has blockaded Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The attack destroyed nearly 40,000 tons of grain, destined for worldwide markets. 

  • On August 1, both Ukraine and Russia were attacked overnight, with drone strikes targeting Kharkiv and Moscow, according to local authorities. One person was injured in the attack.

July 2023

  • On July 31, a Russian missile strike on a residential building in the southern Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih killed at least four people, including a 10-year-old girl. At least 53 were injured in the attack. 

  • On July 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Russia's close "militant friendship" with North Korea, pledging to increase Russia's economic, political, and security ties with the isolated totalitarian state. This comes after North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss military and nuclear capabilities.

  • Ukraine calls for a big increase in air defense systems to protect its main cities from Russian missile threats. According to officials, the strikes on Odesa over the past week had shown clearly that the Russian strategy was to bombard Ukrainian cities, with the aim of overwhelming air defense systems.

  • The European Union has announced an expansion of sanctions to Russia's ally Belarus, agreeing to ban exports of battlefield equipment and aviation parts to the country. 

  • The United States Department of Defense announced on July 25 that it will give a $400 million military aid package to Ukraine, including air defense missiles, armored vehicles, drones, ammunition, and more. 

  • Russian drones attacked Ukrainian grain storage infrastructure at port on the River Danube on July 24, according to local officials. The Danube has been a key export route for Ukrainian grain since Russia pulled out of the grain deal. Russia also destroyed a grain depot in Odesa, a continuation of attacks that have destroyed over 60,000 tons of grain in the past week.

  • Russia struck the Ukrainian port city of Odessa with missiles for the fourth consecutive night since the country pulled out of the grain deal, killing civilians and targeting grain terminals. 120 tons of food were destroyed in the attack. 

  • Late on Wednesday, July 19th, the Russian defense ministry announced that it would regard all ships sailing to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea to be potential carriers of military cargo, and their flag states would be "considered to be involved in the Ukrainian conflict on the side of the Kyiv regime." The United States warned that Russia could also be preparing to attack civilian ships in the Black Sea. 

  • Early on Tuesday, July 18th, Russian forces launched continued airstrikes on Odesa, Ukraine - a key port city in the southern region of Ukraine. These air strikes come roughly a day after Ukrainian drone strikes on the key Crimean bridge, first targeted in October 2022.​

  • Following Russia's recent backing out of the Black Sea grain deal, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that there are no viable land alternatives to make up for the loss of exportation that was initially sent through the Black Sea route. Russia has now targeted Odesa - the key southern exportation port of Ukraine - to intensify the consequences of the broken deal.

  • Russia has officially pulled out of the Black Sea grain deal, agreed upon in July 2022, allowing Ukraine to export grain through the Black Sea to Turkey. The deal was meant to address rising food costs and hunger crises due to Russian blockades of Ukrainian grain exports in the Black Sea, and an estimated 32 million tons of grain and food reached global markets due to the deal. Russia's decision to go back on the deal will cause hunger and famine throughout the many countries dependent on Ukrainian exports.​

  • Ukrainian air defenses shot down 20 Iranian-made drones on July 13, launched at civilians in Kyiv by Russia. The attacks still caused a number of injuries and destroyed homes. Russian strikes on Ukrainian civilians have been a regular part of their ongoing invasion.

  • The G7 has signed a declaration outlining a long-term plan for security and economic support to Ukraine. This plan will help ensure a sustainable defense force, strengthen Ukraine's economy, and provide technical and financial support necessary during the ongoing war. ​

  • Russian forces launched another air strike on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the erly hours of July 11th. It was the second air strike against Kyiv in July. Ukrainian official, Ruslan Kravchenko, said that this air strike was carried out by drones and lasted for nearly 2 hours. All drones were shot down by Ukrainian air defense, and no strikes or victims were recorded.

  • ​Kremlin officials announced that Prigozhin and Putin met on June 29, only a few days after Priogzhin’s Wagner Group attempted a coup on the Russian government. The meeting supposedly lasted roughly 3 hours. There are few details on what transpired during the meeting, but it appears to have ended peacefully.​

  • The White House announced that the United States will supply Ukraine with a cluster munitions package to aid in their counteroffensive against Russia. The decision to do so had been postponed for a long time due to the controversy surrounding the weapons as they pose risk of civilian harm. ​

  • Former U.S. officials have reportedly held secret talks with prominent Russians with close ties to the Kremlin, according to half a dozen people briefed on the discussions. These discussions, which in one case have involved Russia's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, are aimed at laying the groundwork for future negotiations to end the war. ​​

  • NATO has laid out new military plans to better prepare for Russia to widen its scope of the war. Largely spurred by the belief that Russia will restructure its military in the wake of the Wagner uprising, protecting additional countries bordering Russia and Belarus, where Wagner leader Yevegny Prigozhin has gone into exile, has been a priority for the organization. These military plans will be a major point of discussion at NATO's July 11-12 summit.

  • At least five people and 34 injured have been killed by Russian missile strikes in the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Over 30 homes were destroyed in the Russian assault on the city. 

  • Both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of planning attacks on one of the world's largest nuclear power plants, located in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhizhia, which Russia has held since March 2022. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that Russian troops had placed "objects resembling explosives on the roof of several, power units." 

  • Russia has taken 700,000 children from Ukraine into Russian territory, according to Russian MP Grigory Karasin. Ukraine says that many of these children have been deported illegally, while the United States estimates that 260,000 were "forcibly deported" throughout the war.

  • Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said on Tuesday, July 11th, that NATO’s continued expansion into Eastern Europe is seen as a threat to Russia and that the expansion is a “mistake.” Peskov released these statements as the 2023 NATO summit began Tuesday morning in Vilnius, Lithuania. Sweden is expected to enter NATO at this summit, and further conversation is expected to set a timeline for Ukraine’s possible membership.

  • NATO allies will be considering Ukraine’s membership at the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania this week. While considering Ukraine joining NATO is testing the unity of NATO allies, NATO membership for Ukraine would likely decrease Russian aggression against the West.

June 2023

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

  • Ukrainian official says Russian efforts to capture key Donetsk town of Soledar have been unsuccessful.

  • Russia's war in Ukraine pushes Doomsday Clock closest to midnight that it has ever been. 

  • Putin ordered a 36-hour unilateral ceasefire in Ukraine from Friday until Saturday for Russian Orthodox Christmas but the move was rejected by Kyiv and dismissed as "hypocrisy." Shortly before the ceasefire began, Russia launched 4 rockets, blowing up a residential building. Then Russia accused Ukraine of violating the ceasefire they did not agree to. 

  • 55 missiles were launched at Kyiv and other cities on Thursday morning, aimed at power substations and energy facilities. Eleven casualties have been reported

  • Russia began shelling eastern and southern Ukraine Friday afternoon, killing at least 10 and injuring 20.

  • Ukrainian regional military head urges locals "to refrain from attending" Orthodox services for fear that Russia will target congregations with deadly force. 

December 2022

  • Russia used Iranian-made drones to hit two energy facilities in Odesa, leaving 1.5 million people without power

  • Russia says there will be no withdrawal from Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

November 2022

 

New instances of Russian aggression reach western news daily. Check back here for the latest. 

Ukrainians Fight Back

Ukrainians Fight Valiantly

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. 

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. 

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. 

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Latest on Ukrainian Defense

Spring 2022-23

Americans Unify for Ukraine

Winter 2022-23

  • Ukraine has downed more than 540 Iranian-made drones since September

  • Russian Soldiers’ unauthorized phone use allowed Ukraine to target facility for rocket attack

  • Preparations "have already begun" for transfer of Patriot air defense system from US to Ukraine.

  • Ukrainian missiles hit barracks in Russian-occupied Melitopol. Ukrainian officials claimed scores of Russian dead.

  • Ukraine now able to strike deep into Russian territory. Drones expand strike zone with major blasts rocking Russian military bases. 

  • Ukrainian forces have destroyed Russian combat units that fired upon a maternity hospital in Zaporizhzhia. 

  • Ukrainian authorities gradually restored power after Russian strikes on power grid left millions in the dark. 

Americans Unify in Bipartisan Support for Ukraine

Republican and Democrat leaders have taken to Twitter to express their support for the people of Ukraine and America’s unwavering commitment to freedom. 

 

“The people of #Ukraine are tough people who will NEVER accept being ruled by #Putin,” “Men,women,children,the elderly,they are going to fight. And they are going to maim & kill alot of Russians,” tweeted  Republican Senator, Marco Rubio. 

 

“We must be unceasingly in our assistance to the Ukrainian people. We must levy crippling sanctions on Russia. And we must cut off Putin and his cronies from the global economy. A strong, swift response is vital,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) posted on Twitter.

“Our response here is greater than Russia and Ukraine; what we choose to do will also send a message to China on Taiwan,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said. 

Conservatives and Democrats alike support President Biden's decision to band with G-7 leaders to enact extreme consequences for what he called a “needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security.”

 

His sanctions have support from both parties as lawmakers have already called for emergency legislation to boost Ukraine’s defenses and hit back at Putin.

US diplomats returned to Ukraine in late April to discuss how the USA can be of further assistance. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday, May 2nd. She also met Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday, saying afterwards that the visit sent “an unmistakable message to the world: that America stands firmly with our NATO allies in our support for Ukraine."

Her message comes on the heels of President Biden's announcement of another $800 million to support Ukraine military. Biden has also asked Congress to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make it easier for highly educated Russians to obtain visas to work in the US. ​​​

 

Even the Church has stood up. Pope Francis warned the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, not to become “Putin’s altar boy” in an interview this week, slamming Kirill for endorsing Russia’s stated reasons for invading Ukraine.

The U.S. is buying Ukraine an advanced air defense system. Biden authorized a NASAMS system to be sent to Ukraine, “an advanced, medium-to-long-range surface-to-air missile defense system that will allow Ukraine to defend its forces from greater distances.”​​

What Are the Sanctions?

The US has banned all Russian oil and gas imports.The European Commission has also passed a phased ban of $4.3 billion worth of Russian coal imports per year as part of a fifth package of sanctions designed to further diminish Putin’s war chest. 

The US, EU and UK have together sanctioned more than 1,000 Russian individuals and businesses, including wealthy business leaders - so-called oligarchs - who are considered close to the Kremlin.

Western countries have frozen the assets of Russia's central bank, to stop it using its $630bn (£470bn) of foreign currency reserves. This caused the value of the rouble to slump by 22%, which has pushed up the price of imported goods and led to a 14% rise in Russia's rate of inflation.

The United States has barred Russia from making debt payments using the $600m it holds in US banks, making it harder for Russia to repay its international loans.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed a raft of measures including a ban on Russian oil on May 4th. Other proposals include listing individuals who committed war crimes in Bucha, Ukraine; removing Russia’s largest bank Sberbank and two other companies from the SWIFT system, a messaging service that connects financial institutions around the world; and banning three Russian state-owned broadcasters from European airwaves.

All Russian flights have been banned from US, UK, EU and Canadian airspace.

Russian players were banned from playing in this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “unacceptable.”

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed a raft of measures including a ban on Russian oil in early May. 

Russian Anti-War Efforts

More and More Russians Speak Out Against the War

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.  Anyone who speaks out against the war in Ukraine could face up to 15 years in prison. 

Still, many brave Russians are condemning the war alongside the international community. Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Channel One, the Russian State's news channel, ran onto to live broadcast with a sign saying: “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” It was signed in English: “Russians against the war.” Her protest could be seen and heard for several seconds before the channel switched to a recorded segment.

At least 756 people have now been arrested for peacefully protesting the war in Russia. 

“Anyone trying to go out or looking like a protester has been violently dragged away,” said reporter, Bernard Smith, adding that in one instance, a woman was dragged away just for holding a blank piece of white paper.

Meanwhile, disillusionment with the war is getting to Russian troops too. Russian troops reportedly attacked their own commanding officer by running him over with a tank after many in their brigade were killed amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Tensions in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin was misled by advisers who were too scared to tell him how poorly the war in Ukraine is going and how damaging Western sanctions have been.

“We have information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military, which has resulted in persistent tension between Putin and his military leadership,” Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, said. 

“We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions because his senior advisors are too afraid to tell him the truth,” she said.

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 is squashed beneath the sanctions, with the country’s currency, the ruble, crashing as Russians rush to get cash. The effects are so bad that the country’s stock market was kept shut the days after sanctions were levied. 

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.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said about 200,000 people risk losing their jobs in the Russian capital because foreign companies have suspended operations or decided to leave the Russian market.

Former Russian colonel recently criticized the country's invasion of Ukraine on state television​.

Timeline of Events 
TIMELINE
March 2023

February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
  • French President Emmanuel Macron says Russia made a major miscalculation of its strength when starting a war on Ukraine.  

  • The EU is slated to try to set up a UN backed court to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. 

  • Is it expected that this week NATO will pledge to support Ukraine in the long-term and offer a path for Ukraine's membership in the organization. 

November 2022
  • An investigation into Russian attacks on religious sites in Ukraine has found that over 270 religious institutions and places of worship have been damaged or destroyed during the war. Russian soldiers have continued to occupy church property in Ukraine for military use, and have detained, abused, and even tortured clergy in some. 

  • The Kremlin has said that Russia will rejoin the UN grain deal to allow grain to be shipped from Ukraine through the Black Sea, just days after pulling out of the deal

  • North Korea is secretly supplying Russia with a significant amount of ammunition according to White House sources.

  • Ukraine has accused Russia of occupying empty homes in Kherson with troops in civilian clothes, after Russia ordered civilians to leave the captured city in anticipation of a Ukrainian attempt to recapture the city.

  • In a joint statement during their first face-to-face talks since both have been in office, U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping "condemn Russian threats of nuclear weapons use in Ukraine."

  • General Mark Milley, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that there have been an estimated 200,000 military casualties from the war in Ukraine, in addition to around 40,000 civilians who have died due to the conflict. This is the highest estimate yet from a Western official

  • After Russia's missile barrage, NATO's top priority is more air defense systems for Ukraine.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited the recently liberated city of Kherson, accused Russian soldiers of over 400 documented war crimes and killing civilians in the city

  • Ukraine's power grid has been destroyed on a "colossal" scale after Russian strikes, as described by Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, the CEO of Ukrainian national power grid operator, Ukrenergo. 

  • The European Union has made the decision to give Ukraine an additional €2.5 billion in aid, totaling €18 billion in funding for 2023.

  • Russia appears to be carrying out mass missile strikes on critical infrastructure in Odesa and Dnipro. Air defense systems are working to shoot down incoming rockets in Kyiv and Dnipro. 

  • At least 14 people have been injured following an attack in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro

  • Ukrainian air defense missile hits Poland while defending Ukraine from Russia; killing two people in Polish border town. 

  • Hundreds of Ukrainians fled Kherson on Sunday as Russian shelling of the recently liberated city intensifies. 

  • The United States plans to send an additional $400 million in ammunition and generators to Ukraine as Russia continues to target Ukraine's energy sources ahead of the winter. 

October 2022
September 2022

  • A mass burial site with over 400 graves was found in Izyum after the city was re-taken from Russian control

  • NATO forces have begun to conduct air drills over the Baltic Sea in effort to boost eastern defenses

August 2022

  • Putin attempts to sway Ukrainian's by sending payouts to families with children in Russian-occupied zones 

  • Zelensky announces that Putin has put the world on the brink of a radiation catastrophe 

  • Prominent opposition leader Yevgeny Roizman was detained by Russian polic for allegedly “discrediting” the Russian army

June & July 2022

  • 6/27: A Russian missile strikes a crowded Ukrainian shopping center, killing 13 and wounding many more. The shopping center is near a railway station in the central-Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk. 

  • Russian shelling kills at least 6 in eastern city of Sloviansk​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
May 2022
  • 2 Russian soldiers plead guilty to war crimes in Ukrainian court

  • Russian forces target more than 40 towns in the eastern Donbas region

  • Ukrainian soldiers who have spent weeks barricaded under a massive steel plant in Azovstal amid heavy Russian bombing and shelling have been evacuated to Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine's east.

  • Ukraine says there will be prisoner swap but some Russian officials have said forces could be tried or executed.

  • High casualties feared after school shelter in Ukraine bombed.

  • More than 300 civilians have been rescued since the start of evacuations from the besieged Azovstal steel plant. Ukrainian government working to evacuate military, medic, and wounded from Azovstal.

  • Russian forces are pressing an offensive in the direction of Sloviansk, an important town in the Donetsk region. 

April 2022
  • UK military intelligence says an entire Russian battalion was wiped out during a thwarted effort to establish a bridge over the Siversky Donets river in the eastern Donbas region.

  • Ukraine bolstered by sinking of important Russian warship, the Moskva. 

  • Zelenskiy maintained Ukraine is not willing to give up territory in the east in order to end the war with Russia and acknowledged that the battle could influence the entire course of the war.

  • As of April 18th, Ukrainian forces are continuing to resist Russian attacks in the besieged southeastern city after rejecting a deadline to surrender. Russian forces have been bombarding the Azovstal steel plant, a bastion of the Ukrainian defense, said Petro Andriushchenko, a mayoral adviser.

  • War in Ukraine enters its seventh week, with Ukrainian defenses holding strong.

 

  • On April 14th, Russia abandoned a flagship in the Black Sea after it was hit by a Ukrainian missel.

  • Russia briefly suspended attacks on Azovstal steel plant to allow 100 civilians to evacuate over the weekend, but it was hit again Sunday night, April 30th.  

  • Russian energy giant, Gazprom, has shut off gas supply to Bulgaria and Poland after the two countries refused to pay in rubles. The EU accuses Russia of "blackmailing" the bloc with gas. 

  • Russia was "continuously attacking" the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Sunday. The site is sheltering hundreds of soldiers and civilians.

  •  Russia announced its goal is to take "full control" of southern Ukraine as well as the Donbas region to establish a land corridor connecting Russia to Crimea.

  • Physical damage to Ukraine's buildings and infrastructure from Russia’s invasion has reached roughly $60 bn according to the World Bank.

  • Ukraine identified new mass graves outside the besieged city of Mariupol. New satellite images support their claims. 

  • Russian forces are bombing Mariupol's Azovstal factory, one of Europe's largest steel plants. Ukrainian forces are refusing to surrender the factory. 

  • Heavy fighting continue in eastern Ukraine as Russia attempts to take Donbas. The US says there have been no major territorial gains for Russia so far. 

  • Over the Easter weekend, seven people were killed and 11 injured after Russia launched at least four missile strikes on Lviv. Russia is running "Non-stop bombardment of civilian districts" in Kharkiv over the Easter weekend, said the city mayor.

  • On April 7th, the Russian defense ministry said its missiles had destroyed four fuel storage facilities in the Ukrainian cities of Mykolayiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Chuhuiv.

 

  • On April 6th, Russian artillery fire killed at least four people and wounded four others at a humanitarian aid distribution point.

 

  • On April 3rd, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported that Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravičius was shot and killed in Mariupol while trying to escape.

 

  • Corpses were found in Bucha resulting from the Bucha massacre, with at least 20 dead Ukrainian civilians having been seen by reporters and, according to Bucha's mayor, 280 bodies having been buried in mass graves.

March 2022
  • On March 16th, Russia continued its violent siege on Mariupol. 30,000 people fled before the assault but more than 350,000 remained. Ukraine 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. 

  • The Russians bombed a children's hospital and maternity ward in Mariupol, killing 3 people, including a child, and injuring 17 others. 

 

  • At least 167 children have been killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but that number is likely higher, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address to the Irish parliament. 

 

  • Russia soldiers were reported to be shooting and killing families fleeing the war.

  • On March 7th, Ukrainians have retook the strategic Mikolaiv airport. 

  • 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.

  • Russia laid siege on Odessa, a city near Ukraine's border with Moldova, but Ukrainian forces did not abandon it. 

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