Since Vladimir Putin launched his bloody assault on Ukraine on February 24, the battle has escalated in grotesque methods. Russia’s aerial assault has pummeled cities, lowering condominium buildings to rubble. Some cities have change into battle zones. Throughout the nation, on a regular basis Ukrainians have risen as much as attempt to cease the invasion, some taking over arms as a part of a volunteer protection pressure. Extra have been pressured to hunt refuge from the combating, all over the place from the Kyiv metro to cities that, as but, have been untouched by violence. More than a million individuals have fled for neighboring international locations.
The human toll of the battle remains to be coming into view; greater than 200 civilian casualties have been reported by the United Nations up to now, however the true quantity could also be a lot increased. Scenes on the bottom, together with within the capital metropolis of Kyiv, the place Russian forces have intensified their siege, have been wrenching: Ukrainians huddling in improvised bomb shelters, pledging to defend their embattled nation, and scrambling to flee as Putin’s troops shut in on main cities. “If they arrive right here,” one 81-year-old man said from his Gorenka residence, “I’ll jab them with a pitchfork if I don’t have weapons—however I do have weapons.”