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What we know about the Russian invasion on Ukraine

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On February 24th, at 3:59 in the morning, the Russian military invaded the country of Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian State Border Servicore, more than 150,000 Russian troops encircled the country on three sides, crossing into Ukraine from the north and south.

The move came after months of speculation about what Moscow’s intentions were with the troops it had amassed at the Ukrainian border before Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the start of a “special military operation” and warned of bloodshed unless Ukrainian forces lay down their arms.

Following the invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ordered a country wide draft, banning any male from the ages of 16 to 60 from leaving the country and over 10,000 firearms have been distributed to the Ukrainian citizens for self defense according to a speech given by the Interior Minister. The United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand have all stopped any and all sanctioned trade with the Russian government and companies.

More than two weeks have passed since the invasion and the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights stated on Thursday that 1,506 civilian casualties have been reported in Ukraine since Feb. 24. The office recorded 549 people killed in Ukraine and 957 hurt.

About 2,316,002 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries, with 1,412,503 of them fleeing to Poland. A small number compared to the 44 million civilians living in Ukraine.

The US and Poland have discussed whether or not Poland should send fighter jets to a NATO and U.S. base in Germany and ultimately to Ukraine. In return, Poland would be given American F-16 aircraft.

The Pentagon rejected the proposal late Wednesday, with concern that it could escalate tensions.

The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia set up a peace talk Thursday, March 3rd to discuss even ground. Both made clear in news conferences after the in person discussions that they had made no progress, with the Ukrainians later tweeting that their counterparts “seemed to have come to talk, not to decide.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a speech yesterday addressing the public and Putin himself. He has been fighting on the front lines with the rest of his country, ensuring Putin knows his country will not be giving up without a fight. After giving his location to the Russian President, he guaranteed the Ukrainian citizens that he, and his military, will not be backing down against the invading Russians.

After his speech, reports came from Ukraine of a maternity and children’s hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine being bombed by russian soldiers. The reported attack came despite Russia agreeing to a 12-hour pause in hostilities to allow refugees to evacuate towns and cities.

This is the information we have available as of 3/10/22.

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