Author: Askold Krushelnycky

IZIUM, Ukraine – A dreadful, gruesome smell of death now hovers here. It clings to clothes for days. Even after leaving the city, the memory of it lingers for days and haunts the imagination. At a forest clearing near the edge of this city, that unmistakable smell foretold the dead found buried in graves in Izium, one of the largest towns liberated from Russian occupation by Ukrainian forces in a spectacular counter-offensive earlier this month in the country’s northeast. Townspeople took Ukrainian soldiers and police to the sea of graves containing the victims of the Kremlin’s aggression since Russian forces…

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KYIV – Russia is furious that U.S. President Joe Biden is sending a powerful multiple launch rocket system to Ukraine that many believe will be a game-changer in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region where the bloodiest battles in Europe since World War II have been raging. Russia’s massive advantage in artillery has given it an enormous...

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MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – Kateryna Pypsha’s words faltered and she started to cry as she heard the news on April 5 that her village was close to falling into Russian hands. “We’ve all seen the murders and rapes the Russians have been doing in the places they occupy,” Ms. Pypsha said. “We are terrified for our relatives and friends who are still there.” She has been in contact via telephone with her 85-year-old mother-in-law who was too frail to be evacuated. “She told me there is destruction with burning buildings everywhere. Where the Russians have entered neighboring villages, they immediately start…

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MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – Barely able to suppress her tears, Tetyana Khayitova pleaded: “Please tell me that miracles are sometimes possible.” On April 1, Ms. Khayitova, her daughter Valeria and her sister-in-law Irena Khayitova were on the fourth day of a dreadful vigil near the ruins of the main administration building of Ukraine’s port city of Mykolaiv, which was devastated by a Russian missile that struck and demolished most of the structure killing and wounding dozens of people on the morning of March 29. Tetyana’s husband, Stanislav, was one of some 200 people in the building when it was hit and…

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VOZNESENSK, Ukraine – A Russian missile strike early on the morning of March 29 which demolished much of the main administration building for the Mykolaiv region, killing three people, signaled the start of Moscow’s attempt to finally capture the port city that has been a priority target since the first day of the war. The missile hit the building where the region’s charismatic governor, Vitaliy Kim, helped organize his city’s defense against Russian invading forces. From his office, he recorded video reports in the aftermath of the strike that have been laced with barbed humor, mocking Russian attempts to take…

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MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – Every day and hour that passes in which Ukrainians hold out against the Russian invasion of their country, more pressure is applied on Western leaders to provide additional military aid to Ukraine. Moreover, with each atrocity committed by the Russian military – such as the destruction of a maternity hospital in Mariupol,...

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MYKOLAIV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian port of Mykolaiv is being reinforced for an expected renewed onslaught by Russian forces, which have so far been frustrated in their plans to seize the city that is seen as a key to their ambitions to control Ukraine’s coastline. The region’s governor, Vitaliy Kim, whose inspiring leadership has made him a national symbol of resistance, said that, “The Russian army is experiencing problems and is falling back. It isn’t fighting our army; it’s just shelling and dropping bombs all over our city. That’s a pity.” He said he could not go into detail about…

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LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine – With the number of escape routes out of Ukraine severely limited and with bombs hitting various civilian locations, refugees fleeing the country have faced increasingly horrific and dangerous conditions as Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated war moved into its third week. Most of the refugees have heading westward with the city of Lviv still viewed as a safe haven on the way to European Union (EU) countries. But 300 Belarusian tanks, according to Ukrainian military intelligence, wait on their side of Ukraine’s border, 70 miles north of Lviv, to join Russia’s onslaught. The UN says that more than…

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LVIV – This week ominous indications mounted here that a Russian attack on Ukraine was coming as the Kremlin sought to stage the very type of fake attacks against ethnic Russians that U.S. and U.K. intelligence predicted would be used to justify a pretext to launch a new invasion of Ukraine. While Ukrainians were apprehensive, there was no panic in its large cities – the capital Kyiv, or in Lviv, the largest city in the country’s west. However, the Kremlin created genuine consternation on February 18 in Donetsk and Luhansk, the largest cities held by pro-Moscow forces in Ukraine’s eastern…

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KHARKIV, Ukraine – Kharkiv, one of Ukraine’s most important industrial and cultural centers, is only 25 miles from the Russian border and everyone here knows their city is a top target if Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin orders an invasion. Politicians, patriotic groups, pro-western community activists and even Ukrainian language teachers were not surprised to learn about a chilling warning by American intelligence that, if Russia invades their country, they could face arrest, internment in concentration camps or execution by the occupation authorities. American intelligence made public over the weekend indicates Moscow has already drawn up lists of prominent Ukrainian politicians,…

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KHARKIV, Ukraine – Kharkiv, one of Ukraine’s most important industrial and cultural centers, is only 25 miles from the Russian border and everyone here knows their city is a top target if Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin orders an invasion. Politicians, patriotic groups, pro-western community activists and even Ukrainian language teachers were not surprised to learn about a chilling warning by American intelligence that, if Russia invades their country, they could face arrest, internment in concentration camps or execution by the occupation authorities. American intelligence made public over the weekend indicates Moscow has already drawn up lists of prominent Ukrainian politicians,…

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