Headline RoundupFebruary 24th, 2023

World Reflects on First Anniversary of Russia's Ukraine Invasion

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Friday marks the first anniversary of Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine.

The Human Cost: Last week, Norway’s defense chief said that most recent intelligence suggests Ukraine has lost 100,000 troops and 30,000 civilians in the course of the war. Russia is estimated to have lost between 40,000 to 60,000 troops and suffered up to 200,000 casualties, which includes troops killed or wounded. The UN says at least 8,000 non-combatants have been confirmed killed in Ukraine, with nearly 13,300 injured. In addition, the war has created millions of refugees in Ukraine.

Help from Abroad: As of February 2023, the European Union, private companies, and 45 nations have given military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The U.S. alone has committed over $76 billion to the effort.

New Tensions: President Joe Biden's surprise visit to Ukraine this week was followed by a combative address from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who then met with top Chinese diplomats in Moscow. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reiterated Thursday that China would face "serious consequences" for providing military support to Russia.

How the Media Covered It: The invasion's first anniversary was the top story from sources across the spectrum Friday. The Washington Examiner focused on Biden and how his decisions on Ukraine "are poised to come under even more scrutiny during a divided Congress as Ukraine prepares for intensified fighting this spring."

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