Russo-Ukrainian War 3/2/22

A Russian jet goes down, its pilot ejecting. Russia has lost ~3,000 personnel (U.S. intel), with claims as high as 5,800 by the Ukrainian side. Since the war began, Russia has been reticent to announce true casualty numbers, denying any casualties until several days into the war. (Image via Ukrainian Ministry of Defense)

One week has passed since the commencement of open war in Ukraine, and the initially slow Russian advance has begun to occupy cities as it attacks major urban areas like Kyiv and Kharkiv.

After having its transportation methods compromised, the city of Kherson fell to the Russian army. A military administration has been established, though reportedly, the flag of Ukraine will still be flown.

Moreover, attacks intensified in Kharkiv, Mariupol, and Kyiv, with large-scale ordinances being used to damage civilian infrastructure.

Today, harrowing footage emerged of civilians protesting Russian troops, only to be shot at by occupying forces using small-arms fire and grenades. Civilians defending the power plant of Zaporizhzhia were fired upon, and multiple civilians recording Russian troops across Ukraine were blasted by tanks.

Captured intel suggests a major offensive coming soon, particularly as combat shifts to entrenched, urban warfare. The relentless bombing of Kyiv, just as the 40-mile column of Russian vehicles arrives in Kyiv, paints a grim picture for the future.

“I know I am going to die. They are bombing everything. The Russians will kill everybody in Kyiv.”

A resident of Kyiv, who chose to stay after sending his family away.

Internationally, the outcry against the Russian invasion has intensified, with only 4 nations joining Russia in voting against a General Assembly resolution. 35 countries voted to abstain, whereas 141 nations voted in favor of the resolution.

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