Russia Invades Ukraine


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February 25th, 2022

At around 5:30 a.m. Ukrainian time, explosions rang out in the silence of the cities. The world had been waiting for this moment and praying it wouldn’t happen. Tensions had been rising earlier that week as fears of Russia invading Ukraine escalated. The explosions that occurred shocked the entire country as families woke up to loud cracks ringing throughout the early morning. This occurred only minutes before Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a “special military operation” in Ukraine. 


Russian forces moved in with their troops from three sides of the Ukrainian border. In the past day, Russia has launched over 160 missiles in hopes to destroy Ukraine’s military bases and weapons. Many other locations were bombed as well, including the airports. CNN has reported that Ukraine officials say at least 137 were killed and 316 injured following attacks by Russian forces. 


The Ukrainian ambassador to the United Kingdom has said, “At this particular moment, we have enough people; we don’t have enough equipment,” CNN reports. The United States shipped 90 tons of U.S. military aid to Ukraine on January 2, 2022, in fear of the Russian invasion. Those resources will be used, but it seems Russia has been preparing for this for a while, and they have more weapons. 


President Biden has deployed 7,000 U.S. troops to Germany to help support NATO allies. He said, “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the east,” according to CNN. 


The Ukrainians need assistance in defending their country. More than 50,000 Ukrainians have fled their country to escape the war and stay safe. More citizens continue to try to escape. 


President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video addressed to the world, “This morning, we are defending our country all alone. The most powerful nations of the world are just watching from afar.” 


Ukraine has been left alone to defend its own country. Sanctions have been put in place to cut off anything having to do with Russia. 


While Ukraine’s future remains uncertain, it seems certain that Russia will take it over. The United States and other NATO countries will only get involved if Russia attacks or tries to invade a NATO country. No one can know for certain what Russia’s future intentions are but so far they have secured many parts of the country; they currently are trying to secure Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.


February 28th, 2022 Update

Kyiv intelligence suggests that Belarus is in talks with Russia, to join them in the invasion. U.S. intelligence says that Belarus will send their troops to aid Russia in the invasion as soon as a few hours or a few days. Belarus borders both Ukraine and Russia. According to Global Fire Power, Belarus is ranked 52nd in the most powerful, military-wise, countries, while Russia is 2nd and Ukraine is 22nd. The U.S. is watching Belarus closely and is ready to put sanctions on the country if needed.


“Whoever would try to stop us and further create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and lead you to such consequences that you have never faced in your history,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Russia is armed with many nuclear weapons that could be used at any time. The Ukrainian president has officially applied to become a member of the European Union, which would allow an easier evacuation for Ukrainian citizens.

Switzerland, which has stayed out of world conflicts in the past, will adopt the same sanctions as the European Union. Some European countries will aid Ukraine by sending supplies, those countries include Norway and Finland.


March 1st, 2022 Update

A Russian military convoy is moving closer to Kyiv by the minute. The convoy is approximately over 40 miles long according to new satellite images. The citizens of the capital are awaiting the arrival of the troops and the battle they will bring.

The United Nations estimated that 675,000 people have fled Ukraine in the past week since the invasion began. Long lines of cars wait at the borders where it could take at least 57 hours to reach the other countries.

U.S. President Biden said that he will ensure American allies are all on the same page with dealing with the Russian invasion. This statement came after Mexico, who are allies with the U.S., said that they will not impose sanctions on Russia, unlike most of the UN countries.