ABC10 provides live coverage of the Ukraine crisis on a variety of platforms, including Roku and Amazon Fire TV. A teenager in Romania told ABC10 that she left her grandparents and walked to a nearby country, Romania, hoping to make a new life. The deteriorating situation in Ukraine has forced the United States and its diplomats to leave Kyiv. Meanwhile, Russian forces have moved toward Severodonetsk, where the Ukrainian government is fighting pro-Russian separatists. In an interview with ABC10’s live coverage of the Ukraine crisis, President Putin compared the Ukrainian government to terrorists.
U.S. diplomats ordered to leave Kyiv
As the Ukrainian crisis continues, the State Department is preparing to evacuate its embassy in Kyiv and its staff. The decision, expected early this weekend, will require all American embassy staff to evacuate to safer territory. Alternatively, the embassy could relocate to far western Ukraine, near Poland, which is a close ally of the U.S. This would allow the U.S. to maintain its diplomatic presence in Ukraine, even if it is not directly involved in policing.
Western countries have expressed displeasure over the decision and the tone of Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. They say he’s out of touch with the situation and not taking the matter seriously. Yet, officials in Zelensky’s inner circle say that constant warnings from Washington are fueling panic and chaos in Ukraine. It’s hard to know what to expect when the Ukrainian Government refuses to heed the advice of foreign diplomats.
In addition to the British diplomats, the Canadian and American embassies have already sent staff home. Meanwhile, American military trainers have already left Ukraine. However, there is no word on whether Putin will invade the country on Wednesday. However, if that’s the case, the decision to pull the staff out of Kyiv has already started to ripple through the country. A spokesman for the State Department said the US would be “very careful” when sending personnel to Ukraine.
As the situation escalates, U.S. officials are urging their citizens to leave the country. The vice president has warned that a major conflict with Russia is likely. The U.S. president has also warned that he would not send troops to Ukraine unless it’s necessary to rescue American citizens. In other words, it would be equivalent to a world war if the U.S. and Russia shoot each other.
Russian forces move to attack Severodonetsk
The situation in eastern Ukraine has turned deadly as Russian forces continue to advance. A regional governor in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk says the situation in Luhansk has “severely deteriorated.” Severodonetsk’s mayor Oleksandr Stryuk says the fighting has become so intense that evacuation of about 15,000 civilians is virtually impossible.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the Ukrainian government has “every chance” of winning the battle for Severodonetsk, although some analysts believe Moscow has already taken control of a large portion of the city. They say Moscow is preparing to seize the nearby city of Zaporizhzhia, a key strategic location that would allow it easier access to the heart of Ukraine. Satellite images show a 130-foot bomb scar that Russia has left on the city.
The Russian military’s current offensive cannot last long or cover sufficient ground. Besides, the loss of Severodonetsk will not give the Russians any new roads and will not weaken Ukraine’s ability to defend critical positions. Therefore, Ukraine can lose Severodonetsk and still win the war, if it loses Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast first.
The envoys of both sides have landed in Turkey. President Biden warned China not to support Russia’s war against Ukraine because it may lead to U.S. retaliation. Meanwhile, Russia has hit an airport near Lviv in Ukraine, which is home to thousands of civilians fleeing the violence in the country. They are still trying to find a way out.
President Biden has called for a war crimes trial for Russian president Vladimir Putin. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with leaders in Germany and Europe to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on seven Russian billionaires. The International Monetary Fund approved $1.4 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine, and the World Bank’s chief economist said war would raise food prices in the Middle East and Africa.
Ukrainian troops battling pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine
Russian forces continue to make advances on several fronts across eastern Ukraine, though they have been repelled by the resolute Ukrainian army. The Russians appear to be targeting a critical target in central Ukraine – the city of Dnipro, which occupies a strategic position. In the east, Russian forces could soon encircle the Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region, isolating them and forcing them to flee. According to Konrad Muzyka, a defense analyst at Rochan Consulting, the Russians are advancing on key cities in the country.
Despite the fact that the fighting is brutal in many towns and villages along the front lines, the Russian military has yet to make a direct incursion into the region. Russia’s objective is to take enough territory to sell the campaign as a success. The Russians are largely backed by Moscow and are trying to push through to its border in eastern Ukraine. However, Ukraine may once again hold out against a Russian assault.
While Russia has a larger army than Ukraine, analysts believe that Ukraine’s troops could field a larger force in Donbas than Russia’s. The Ukrainian military is well-trained and battle-hardened, and it receives enormous amounts of Western aid. But it is its superior morale and logistics that make it more suited to repelling Russian advances. In the end, Ukraine’s military has an undeniable edge.
Russia’s military objective in the Donbas is to cut off the Ukrainian army. By taking territory west of Joint Forces’ positions, the Russian military hopes to cut off Ukraine’s ability to resupply and keep fighting. If they succeed, they would consolidate control over a huge swath of eastern Ukraine. If Russia is successful, it would effectively partition the country into two.
Russian president Vladimir Putin compares Ukrainian president to terrorists
Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy compared Russia’s invasion of his country to Nazi Germany’s atrocities during World War II. He has also accused Russia of war crimes and has demanded more help from Israel, which has been playing a mediator role in the conflict. In a speech to members of Israel’s parliament, Zelenskyy accused the Russian President of attempting to bring about “permanent solutions” in Ukraine, a term used by Nazi Germany for their genocide of six million Jews. The Mariupol siege will go down in history as “terror.”
Russia and Ukraine have cooperated in the past, but it has also been a source of friction and hostility between the two countries. NATO has never admitted a country that is partially under Russian occupation. Putin has actively blocked NATO expansion in Ukraine, and he wants to see the end of democracy in Ukraine and the return of subjugation. While the West is not responsible for this crisis, Russia will continue to blame the West for the Ukraine invasion.
Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine lasted for only seven months. By that time, the Russians had won a war in Afghanistan and the Warsaw Pact collapsed. This was the largest geopolitical disaster in the past century, and Putin’s article was a prime example of how the USSR failed. Despite the fact that Putin’s article was untrue, it nevertheless advanced his geopolitical goals.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine displaced a large portion of its culture and left 53 cultural buildings in ruins. Lithuanian lawmakers have called for an international court to try Russian officials for the crimes they committed. The Lithuanians’ resolution argues that the Russian president’s actions should be investigated and punished by this court, comparing him to Nazi Germany’s leaders during World War II. This has led to an international outcry in Ukraine.
Humanitarian aid affected by media coverage of ukraine crisis
The Ukrainian crisis has impacted the humanitarian aid in many ways. For one, it has exacerbated the media focus on the conflict. The situation has led to widespread misunderstanding about humanitarian aid and the need to prioritize it based on the most pressing needs. According to the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine, Amin Awad, his immediate goal is to scale up humanitarian operations. In particular, he said, the media coverage has caused a negative impact on the quality of the aid that is being provided.
While it is difficult to know whether the media has a direct effect on the amount of aid that is provided in emergencies, it can certainly affect the way the world responds to the situation. It is possible that the global attention of the crisis has contributed to the increase in government aid. Meanwhile, the public’s generous contributions are helping to fill the gap. Those who do not believe in the media’s role in determining humanitarian aid priorities should reconsider their own actions.
The Ukraine crisis has attracted world attention, diverting resources away from other humanitarian crises. In fact, major international news outlets have made comments suggesting that the citizens of Ukraine are deserving of sympathy more than the victims of other conflicts. These comments have resulted in a further divide between aid and the victims of the conflict. However, humanitarian aid agencies are still hopeful. In the meantime, they will continue their work to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
One humanitarian aid organization, Project HOPE, has responded by sending large quantities of medical supplies to the First Emergency Territorial Hospital in Lviv. A team from the organization stayed at the hospital over the weekend and delivered critical supplies including cardiac sutures used in heart transplant. In addition, the organization is working with local NGOs and ministries of health to coordinate with local partners. They are coordinating with local medical organizations and government officials and WHO Health and Logistics Clusters.