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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.

Ongoing Updates of Russian Aggression

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

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. 

May 2022
  • 2 Russian soldiers plead guilty to war crimes in Ukrainian court

  • 4 killed in shelling in Kharkiv region, military governor says

  • 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.

  • A town in the Donetsk region was hit by a missile, Ukrainian officials say.

  • Ukrainian government working to evacuate military, medic, and wounded from Azovstal.

  • 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. 

  • ​Ukraine lost contact with Ukrainian forces in Azovstal plant as heavy fighting continues. Hundreds of civilians are still trapped inside along with the last Ukrainian defenders in the city.

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

  • Video and images posted Monday, May 1st, appear to show the aftermath of a large explosion close to an airfield in a Russian-occupied part of southern Ukraine. 

April 2022

  • 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. 

  • An evacuation convoy from the embattled Ukrainian city of Mariupol is underway Monday, according to officials. More than 100 civilians were also evacuated from the city's besieged Azovstal Steel Plant in the city on Sunday. The plant then came under fire again on Sunday night, according to a Ukrainian soldier in Mariupol. 

  • Russian forces struck five railway stations in central and western Ukraine on Monday morning, April 25th.

  • 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. 

  • Putin said the effort by Russian forces to capture Mariupol was a "success" but ordered troops to stop short of trying to storm the Azovstal steel plant, which is still held by Ukrainian forces.

  • 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. 

  • Russia is running "Non-stop bombardment of civilian districts" in Kharkiv over the Easter weekend, said the city mayor.

  • Control over the city of Kreminna has been "lost," according to the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, as Russian forces try to break Ukrainian resistance in the country's east. Earlier Monday, Russian forces entered the town with "a huge amount of equipment," said Haidai.​

  • Over the Easter weekend, seven people were killed and 11 injured after Russia launched at least four missile strikes on Lviv, regional military governor Maksym Kozytskyy said. At least one strike hit a tire repair shop, forcing civilians to flee their homes. Both Ukrainian officials and the Russian Ministry of Defense have reported widespread military action and a ratcheting up in the fighting in the east over the past 24 hours. 

  • 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.

 

  • Russian missiles hit the cities of Poltava and Kremenchuk in central Ukraine early on April 2nd, damaging infrastructure and residential buildings. 

March 2022
  • On March 17th, a two-year-old child died and four people wounded after Russian troops shelled the Ukrainian village of Novi Petrivtsi, to the north of Kyiv.

  • On March 16th, Russia continued its violent siege on Mariupol where 30,000 people had fled 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 also 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 in late March. 

 

  • Russia soldiers have also been reported to be shooting and killing families fleeing the war.

  • In mid-March, the Russian military announced a series of strikes around Ukraine in the Lviv, Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions, targeting what they described as fuel storage and supply bases around the country, after Ukrainian officials earlier confirmed strikes and explosions overnight in those regions.

 

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

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.

March 2022

  • 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. 

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. 

 

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​.