Ukraine War Roundup

Russia’s war against Ukraine has been ongoing for 4 months and has resulted in more than 11,000 civilian casualties as of July, with nearly 6 million civilians having fled war-torn Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, there have been 11,544 recorded civilian casualties, with 5,024 deaths and 6,250 injuries. 

As of July 19, the UN has recorded 5,964,149 individuals who have left Ukraine to escape the war, seeking refuge in neighboring European countries as well as NATO countries in the West.

Last month, Ukraine was accepted as a candidate for the 27-member bloc European Union after receiving approval from the European Commission during a conference of world leaders in Brussels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to fast-track Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians on July 11, the same day that Russian forces attacked Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine.

The central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia was struck by Russian missiles on July 14, where more than 100 people were injured. The same day, 45 nations agreed to work together to look into potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine at a conference at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Meanwhile, Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defense minister, recently issued an order to the military to “further intensify the actions of units in all operational areas.”

On July 17, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed two top officials, the head of state security and the prosecutor general, on the grounds that they had cooperated with Russian soldiers and committed treason.

Sanctions against Russia continue to ensue, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calling on “All partners to join the sanctions against the aggressor.”

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