Ukraine faces more Russian bombardments as Zelensky tries to rally the world. Here is the Invasion of Ukraine updates for today.
The devastation caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. Frustrated by the resistance and determination of its less powerful neighbor, Russia is losing patience with the war.
It has been reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin thought the operation would last just a few days. The invasion has been going on for weeks, and it is said Russian troops will not be able to keep up for more than 14 days.
Negotiations between the two sides are still ongoing, but there is no end in sight for an agreement over a cease-fire.
The conflict in Ukraine is a moment of reckoning for the West and the rest of the globe.
Ukraine is under severe attacks
Ukrainian fighters are showing no signs of backing down. The country is more determined than ever to defend its territory against an opponent called an “oppressor.”
However, this resistance comes at a hefty price. The number of fatalities keeps growing because Putin cannot afford to lose the war he has started.
The country’s capital, Kyiv, has seen many residential buildings hit by shelling on Tuesday. At least 4 people were killed in the western area of Kyiv, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Satellite images obtained by media organizations have shown an entire country destroyed by the Russian bombardments. The southeastern city of Mariupol is surrounded by Russian troops, and civilians are trying to flee.
Over 2,500 people have been killed in Mariupol. Ukraine is bearing the brunt of Russia’s anger towards the Western alliance. The country’s heroic leader is urging allies to get more involved.
Ukraine as standard-bearer of democratic values
The Russian invasion has turned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into a modern-day Winston Churchill.
The former comedian has become the personification of courage and leadership in the face of adversity. He is also putting Western nations in front of their dichotomy.
Nations like the United States, France, and Canada are big proponents of democratic values at home and abroad. Ukraine raises the bar for them — how far are they willing to defend democracy when facing the danger posed by nationalism and autocracy?
Zelensky addressed legislative bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the US this week.
Each time, it was a call for empathy and action.
Western allies not moving beyond sanctions
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a new wave of sanctions. Eleven Russian military leaders are targeted in the Biden administration’s latest restrictions.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a Putin ally, is also facing new sanctions.
Canada, the UK, and the EU have added new penalties against Russian interests Tuesday.
While these measures are positive signs of support for Ukraine, Zelensky maintains that more is needed. The Ukrainian politician wants close airspace and additional weapons.
A no-fly zone is not in the cards because the West fears getting the different sides closer to World War III.
Moreover, most Western countries have ruled out sending boots on the ground in Ukraine.
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