Russia-Ukraine War Update


Advika Choudhary, Reporter

The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on since February 24, 2022. Russia invaded Ukraine in a significant rise of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. The invasion caused Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with around 7.2 million Ukrainians fleeing the country and a third of the population displaced.

Last week’s events:

Sept. 5: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and thanked him for being a great friend to the Ukrainian people. The following day, Zelensky said he was the first foreign leader to call new Prime Minister Liz Truss. He asked her to come visit Ukraine soon. Her office said she accepted his invitation.

Russia added Sean Penn and Ben Stiller with 25 other Americans to its sanctions list in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions against Russian citizens. U.S. lawmakers, academics and business leaders were banned from entering Russia by Moscow.

Sept. 6: The International Atomic Energy Agency posted a report listing the damage to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which is under Russian control.The report warned that a nuclear accident could result from military action.

Sept. 7: According to a U.S. intelligence report, Russia is reportedly buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea, which Moscow denied.

Sept. 8: An unannounced visit to Kyiv was made by Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. He said that the U.S. will supply Ukraine and 18 other countries with $2.2 billion in long-term regional security funds. For arms and military equipment, the Pentagon announced that President Biden authorized $675 million.

Putin and Zelensky were both some of the foreign leaders to express their condolences about the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sept. 9: Ukrainian forces advanced in a quick invasion in the northeastern Kharkiv region and by the next day Ukraine said it had taken back important areas such as Izium.

Sept. 10: A surprise visit to Kyiv was made by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to show support for Ukraine. In recent weeks, Germany sent many different weapons such as howitzers, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft weapons and are going to send more as part of a 500 million euro security aid package.

Sept. 11: In the region of Kharkiv, Russia hit Ukrainian power plants, creating a big fire on the western outskirts of Kharkiv. This left the second largest city in Ukraine without power and electricity.

Sept. 12: An investigation into Russian forces provided evidence of four corpses found by the police in a village in the Kharkiv region. They all had traces of torture.

Sept. 14: A Russian official continues to insist on the resignation of Putin even after being fined for speaking out in court. He said he was doing it for the children because he wants them to be able to speak their mind at demonstrations and protests.

Sept. 16: Multiple police officers, journalists, and prosecutors are headed to Izium after authorities reported that they had found a mass grave containing more than 440 bodies. Authorities have said that some of the people were killed by airstrikes and shelling.