There is an estimated $100 billion in damage during the invasion of Ukraine. When the diplomats of Russia and Ukraine met on Thursday, they failed to find the resolution to the war. The Russians refuse to back down until the Ukrainians demilitarize their side. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said, “The broad narrative he conveyed to me is that they will continue their aggression until Ukraine meets their demands, and the least of these demands is surrender.”
70 bodies have been found and buried in Mariupol without coffins. There was an air attack on the hospital that killed three more people. President Volodymyr Zelensky confirms that this is the genocide of Ukrainians.
The United Nations took photographs of the bombings that take place on the Ukrainian hospitals. The Russian officials denied that their bombs and artillery hit the hospitals because any attack on the hospital would be considered as a war crime.
Russia’s economy is also hurting from the war. Hundreds of Western businesses in Russia have moved out or closed to continue their progress in Russia. In Putin’s meeting with government officials, he said that the invasion would enhance Russia’s independence and self-sufficiency. Wealthy Russian people have been blacklisted in the European Union and the United Kingdom.
It seems that today, the advancement of Russian troops has slowed down, though residential areas are being targeted in Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia said that they never brought the cease-fire into discussion.
Russian troops, in addition, had taken over the Chernobyl nuclear facility. The International Atomic Energy Agency has been watching this closely and they said that the power plant has been disconnected from Chernobyl. It is not dangerous yet, but it poses a problem with the water coolant that keeps low temperatures of radioactive activity.
In the United States, Ukrainians there are joining the fight against Russians with President Zelensky. One retiring gentleman in New York City came from Lviv after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He will be entering the front lines of the battle with his fellow Ukrainian soldiers. He said that he is scared of what the outcome will be but that doesn’t change his mind in supporting his country.
Another Ukrainian-American said, “I don’t really know how to say it, but I never missed Ukraine until the war started.”