Russia invades Ukraine

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Thomas Owens, Staff Reporter

On the Feb. 24, at around 5:30 in the morning, Russian forces begun their military campaign against Ukraine in hopes of de-militarization. This action begun with several air raids, one of which was on the Kharkiv airport housing fighter jets, followed by sirens as bombings from the Russians woke many from their sleep. So far, 40 people have been killed. In response to this, Ukraine’s president has stated that soon martial law will take effect. It is also reported that he urges every able body to defend Ukraine. Missiles have reportedly struck military installations in the cities of Kharkiv, and Odesasa, and tanks have crossed Senkivka into Belarus. They plan to move to Kyiv whilst moving from Crimea, which was Annexed in 2014 eight years prior to the southern Ukraine city of Kherson. This makes the attack a three-sided issue with the possibility of encirclement, a tactic used to cut off supply and crush the pocket made by the encirclement. With troops dropped into Kazakhstan months prior, this may already be in motion. 

 Preemptively the U.S embassy was moved to the city of Lviv before the attacks. Meanwhile, in Kyiv, people have sought shelter in the underground train stations around the city and begun to pray. Roads leaving the capital are jammed with people trying to leave. “Circumstances require firm and immediate action from us. 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 to such consequences that you have never faced in your history. We are ready for any outcome,” Putin said.  

“We know for sure that we don’t need the war. Not a cold war, not a hot war, not a hybrid one. But if we are attacked by [enemy] troops, if they try to take our country from us, our freedom, our lives, the lives of our children, we will defend ourselves. Not attack but defend ourselves and when you attack us you will see our faces, not our backs, but our faces,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky declared. So far, Ukraine has reportedly show down six Russian aircraft. This almost included two MI-8 helicopters after a near hit from an anti-aircraft missile just 20 KM from Kyiv as the Russians also seized Chernobyl around noon and seized norther Kyiv on the 25th. “It’s too late my dear colleagues to speak about the escalation, too late. The Russian president declared the war on the record. should I play the video of your president? Ambassador should I do that right now or you can’t confirm it? You declared the war, it is your responsibility, of this body to stop the war. So, I call on every one of you to do everything possible to stop the war,” Ukranian UN Representative Sergiy Kyslytsya stated to the Russian Federation in a shocking outburst. The statement was in response to the federation claiming that it was not being aggressive but fighting the junta that is supposedly in power in Kyiv before adjourned the meeting.  The WDET Detroit’s local radio on 101.9 hosted by Alisa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, Ari Shapiro, and Russ McNamara. Guest talker Vasily Gatov and Peter Pomeranstev explained Putin’s initial rise to power on this American Life with Sean Cole, starting as Moscows local mayor and how with his experience and mindset worked his way up to reform his “empire” and boxing in his only political candite Navalny. They also provided evidence of multiple parties under one head figure pointing out multiple labeled phones in Surkov’s office. Further into the show they also noted the cyberworld which with Russia’s western bank cut off may lead to some economic downturn.