Author: Mark Raczkiewycz

CHICAGO – The U.S.’s second-largest concentrated population of Ukrainians held a second rally on the 18th day of Russia’s invasion of their homeland with dual demands for a no-fly zone to be enforced over Ukraine’s skies and for China to stop buying Russian petroleum products. Several hundred Ukrainian Americans assembled in the heart of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood on March 13 at the premises of Saints Volodymyr and Olha Catholic Church. The rally was organized by the Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA). Ihor Diaczun, the event’s master of ceremonies and head of the UCCA’s local…

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(Editor’s note: The following article was written in a fluid situation and contains information that was current as of 6 p.m. Kyiv time on March 9.) WARSAW – Russia has resorted to wholesale bombing and shelling of civilian areas – including a maternity ward – as Moscow’s invading forces face heroic resistance from a battle-hardened Ukrainian army and grass-roots territorial defense forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to conquer the country in blitzkrieg fashion began on February 24. The renewed invasion of Ukraine has led to mounting sanctions and heavy casualties for his economy and military. Called a “dictator”…

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UKRAINE – Ukraine’s military estimates that about 11,000 Russian military personnel have been killed or wounded as of the morning of March 6. Five Russian jets and four helicopters were destroyed in just one day on March 5, including Moscow’s latest Su-34 aircraft. Forty-four Russian aircraft and 48 helicopters have been destroyed since Russia launched an unprovoked and premeditated full-scale war on its neighbor on February 24. Humanitarian corridors are being called for in multiple besieged cities, including Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast and Kharkiv, the nation’s second largest city. Northwestern Kyiv suburbs Bucha and Irpin are constantly under attack and…

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UKRAINE – A long-time pro-Russian Ukrainian politician, Nestor Shufrych, was detained while taking pictures of a checkpoint near Kyiv. He was detained by a unit of the region’s territorial defense unit after his security detail shot at his apprehenders. Kyiv city councilman Oleksandr Pohrebynski was one of the first to announce the pro-Kremlin national lawmaker’s arrest on social media. European Solidarity lawmaker Volodymyr Ariev said that the nation’s domestic intelligence agency, known as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), will hold Mr. Shufrych in custody. “Soldiers of Kyiv’s 206th Territorial Defense Battalion detained member of parliament Nestor Shufrych for photographing…

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UKRAINE – As Ukrainian officials had warned for weeks leading up to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, various European countries to the west of Ukraine are seeing in massive influx of asylum seekers fleeing the carnage that invading Russian forces have unleashed on the Ukrainian people. Multiple Western media outlets have cited Joung-ah Ghedini-Willians, who heads the UN’s children’s agency, as saying that more than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries. The announcement comes on the ninth day of Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine. “The rate of this exodus is quite phenomenal,” said Ms. Ghedini-Williams,…

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UKRAINE – President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian officials implored the United States and NATO to impose a no-fly zone over its skies in response to Russia’s air superiority and indiscriminate shelling of civilian targets throughout the country. Additionally, there is evidence that a nuclear power plant was shelled by Russian forces. “I say every day that, if you cannot shut the sky now, then give us the timeline when you will do it? If you cannot now provide the timeline, tell us how many people have to die?” Mr. Zelenskyy said before foreign reporters in Kyiv on March 3.…

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UKRAINE – After shelling the facility and raising fallout alarms across the continent, Russia on March 4 took over Europe’s largest nuclear power plant located in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhia Oblast. Ukraine’s State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation said on March 4 that Russia is now in control of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. Russian checkpoints were also set up around the facility, the government agency added. The Guardian, a newspaper based in London, wrote that the plant has six reactors with a combined capacity of 5,700 megawatts. “In normal times it produces one-fifth of Ukraine’s electricity and almost half the energy…

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U.N. says more than 1 million flee Ukraine amid growing Russian carnage (Editor’s note: The following article was written in a fluid situation and from an undisclosed location in Ukraine. It contains information that was current as of noon Kyiv time on March 3.) UKRAINE – Russia has made little appreciable headway in its attempt...

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(Editor’s note: The following article was written in a fluid situation and from an undisclosed location in Ukraine. It contains information that was current as of noon Kyiv time on March 3.) UKRAINE – Russia has made little appreciable headway in its attempt to conquer Ukraine with a multi-pronged invasion that started on February 24. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is an unprovoked and massive escalation of war that Moscow began in 2014. With most of their ground forces repelled or halted by a stiff and heroic Ukrainian resistance, Russian forces have resorted to indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilian…

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(This  story is written amid Russia’s ongoing full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It is a fluid situation and the story’s components may lose their relevance as events change in Ukraine.) UKRAINE – Ukraine’s former ruler, Moscow, wants to rule it once again after three decades of not holding sway over what it considered its colony or...

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KYIV – High-level discussions between the United and States and Russia are off the table until Moscow demonstrates a willingness to meet based on de-escalation, the White House said on February 22. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a daily briefing that Secretary of State Antony Blinken won’t meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, as was scheduled for February 24. They were supposed to meet to diffuse the security situation in Europe and Ukraine where Russia has deployed nearly 200,000 troops and heavy weaponry in and around the country. “Diplomacy can’t succeed unless Russia changes course,”…

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KYIV – Russian President Vladimir Putin made further demands on Ukraine saying its neighbor should stop arming itself, recognize the occupied Crimean Peninsula, resolve its Donbas border issues with Moscow proxies and rescind ambitions to join NATO. Speaking at a televised news briefing on February 22, Mr. Putin said when he formalized his country’s occupation of certain areas of the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts the previous day, he meant within their current Ukrainian administrative borders. About one-third of the two easternmost oblasts in the Donbas are occupied while the remainder is controlled by the Ukrainian government amid a war that…

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