Russia unprovoked the attack on Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, shows no signs of decrease. After being forced to remove From the northern cities of kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy, the Russian military has focused its military efforts on the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. Their tirelessly bombing raid destroyed 80 percent of the city Infrastructure and killed up to 10,000 civilians.
The 100,000 to 200,000 inhabitants who would be trapped inside did not have to access water, electricity and heating for several weeks. Without help, food and medical supplies run out. While Mariupol’s defenders managed to repel the invasion successfully, they lack ammunitioncausing experts to fear that the city will soon be under Russian control.
If the Russian army is successful, they will most likely team up with the troops currently heading south towards the city of Iyzum. Ukrainian officials believe that President Vladimir Putin intends to launch a new offensive in the region to capture Donbass. Donbass broadly refers to the eastern regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian-backed separatists have held significant territory since 1954.
“Mariupol has a practical function and symbolic importance to Russia,” said Andrii Ianitskyi, director of the Center of Excellence in Economic Journalism at the Kyiv School of Economics. the Guardian. “It’s a big port city and a base for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. So if the Russians want to have a land corridor [from the Donbas] in Crimea, they have to control the city.”
Failing to send troops, international leaders are doing everything to force Russia to remove his strengths. On March 15, 2022, the US Congress approved $13.6 billion in emergency spending to help Ukraine fight Russia. The aid includes funds for food, healthcare and support for Ukrainians living in the country and those forced to to run away. It also includes financial support for the weapon that Ukraine badly needs. additional economic punishmentsincluding a ban on Russian oil and gas, were also announced.
The European Union (EU) response has included several rounds of sanctions against Russia as well as military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The EU also granted temporary protection of Ukrainians and third-country nationals fleeing conflict. Member States are also discussing ways to end their addiction on Russian energy.
The United States and its allies have also created teams to “grab and freeze” the assets Russian elites or oligarchs. 19-year-old freshman Jack Sweeney is helping them with this effort. The University of Central Florida freshman uses publicly available data to track the latest locations of the oligarchs’ private jets and superyachts and posts them to Twitter.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Marco Burstein and his Harvard University classmate, 19-year-old Avi Schiffman, have used their coding skills to help the more than 4 million Ukrainians forced to leave their country. Their website, Ukraine takes shelterhelps to connect Ukrainian refugees with potential hosts and lodgings.
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