World Reflects on First Anniversary of Russia's Ukraine Invasion
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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From the LeftUkraine braces for potential Russian strikes on anniversary of invasion
Security measures have been implemented across Ukraine in the face of potential Russian attacks on Friday, which marks exactly one year since the start of Moscow's invasion.
School classes have moved online, working from home is being encouraged and security patrols have been stepped up in order to minimize the potential impact of Russian strikes.
Ukrainian schools have been advised to hold classes online "as a precautionary measure," Education Minister Serhiy Shkarlet said in a statement Tuesday.
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From the CenterUkrainians mourn and vow to fight on, a year after Russia's invasion
Ukrainians paid tribute to their fallen loved ones on Friday and vowed to fight on to victory, while Russia said its forces were making gains in battle in the east as its invasion entered a second year with no end in sight.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, due to attend an online summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and other leaders from the West and Japan, hailed Ukraine's "year of invincibility". The leaders were expected to announce new sanctions against Russia.
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From the RightBiden at leadership crossroads in Ukraine on anniversary of Russia's war
One year after Russia invaded Ukraine and 12 months of death, destruction, and sacrifice, the war has tested the country and its allies, including President Joe Biden .
But Biden's decisions regarding the conflict, already criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike, are poised to come under even more scrutiny during a divided Congress as Ukraine prepares for intensified fighting this spring.
Biden's botched Afghanistan drawdown "bruised" the president's reputation, with Russia's war in Ukraine an unfortunate opportunity to make amends, according to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor.
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