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Zelenskyy addresses Ukraine after one week of war; UN votes to demand Russia end war: Live Ukraine updates

Written by on March 3, 2022

Russian military forces escalated attacks on civilian areas of Ukraine’s largest cities Wednesday because the nation’s leaders pledged to repel the invaders and the citizenry joined the navy effort to defend their battered nation.

“We’re a individuals who in every week have destroyed the plans of the enemy,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned in a video deal with early Thursday native time. “They’ll don’t have any peace right here. They’ll don’t have any meals. They’ll have right here not one quiet second.”

In the meantime, the United Nations Common Meeting voted 141-5, with 35 abstentions, to demand Russia halt the conflict. The vote got here after the 193-member meeting convened its first emergency session in 1 / 4 century.

Additionally Wednesday, the prosecutor for the Worldwide Felony Court docket opened an investigation into whether or not Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, have dedicated conflict crimes.

Zelenskyy, in a televised deal with to the nation one week into the hostilities, rallied his individuals and praised them for his or her resolve. 

“Throughout this time, now we have really turn out to be one,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “We forgave one another. We began loving one another. We assist one another. We’re frightened for one another.”

Russian forces seem to have gained their first main prize by taking management of Kherson, a port metropolis of just about 300,000 in southern Ukraine. Zelenskyy’s workplace mentioned the combating in Kherson continued, however Mayor Igor Kolykhaev mentioned there have been no Ukrainian forces left. 

Outdoors Kyiv, an monumental Russian navy convoy — estimated at 40 miles — continues to come across robust Ukrainian resistance and provide issues, stalling its progress towards the capital metropolis. 

Within the besieged northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv, Mayor Igor Terekhov mentioned the unrelenting assault has precipitated “large destruction.” A rocket strike hit the regional police headquarters, killing 4 individuals and wounding a number of others, Ukraine Emergency Providers mentioned. 

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Meals, drugs and different provides had been being distributed at central places and by vans rolling by way of the town of 1.5 million residents, the mayor mentioned. Efforts had been underway to supply warmth to misplaced utilities within the bombing as temperatures dip towards freezing.

A woman sits in a tent as people take shelter in the Dorohozhychi subway station which has has been turned into a bomb shelter on March 02, 2022 in Kyiv.

“Kharkiv is holding on and can maintain on,” Terekhov mentioned on Ukrainian TV. “At the moment the primary purpose of our enemy is to sow panic and devastation, however Kharkiv will at all times stand.”

In Melitopol, a metropolis of 150,000 individuals within the southeast, 1000’s of individuals took to the streets to cease the Russian occupation of the town, the federal government mentioned.

In a single week, greater than 2% of Ukraine’s inhabitants has been compelled in another country, based on a tally from the United Nations launched to The Related Press. The quantity topped 1 million on Wednesday.

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►U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will go away Thursday on a visit of six European international locations, 5 of them in Russia’s periphery — Poland, Moldova and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Blinken will first cease in Belgium for a gathering of NATO overseas ministers.

►The Swedish Armed Forces mentioned 4 Russian fighter jets violated Sweden’s airspace over the Baltic Sea on Wednesday, briefly flying over the world east of the island of Gotland. The European Union, which Sweden belongs to, banned Russian plane from its airspace over the invasion of Ukraine.

►The U.N. human rights workplace reported 136 civilian deaths, however the true toll was doubtless a lot larger. Ukrainian emergency companies, in the meantime, say greater than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians have died. Observers say Russian troops have killed hundreds of civilians, together with greater than a dozen youngsters.

►The Related Press, citing a senior Western intelligence official, estimated that 5,000 Russian troopers had been captured or killed within the greatest floor conflict in Europe since World Conflict II. Zelenskyy estimated the Russian dying toll at 6,000.

►Oil costs soared above $100, to their highest degree since 2014, and traders shifted extra money out of shares and into ultra-safe U.S. authorities bonds as Russia stepped up its conflict on Ukraine. 

Worldwide Felony Court docket seems to be into conflict crimes by Putin, Russia

Urged by a coalition of 38 international locations led by the U.Ok., the Worldwide Felony Court docket’s prosecutor opened an investigation Wednesday into attainable conflict crimes, crimes in opposition to humanity or genocide in Ukraine courting again to 2013, but in addition overlaying the present battle sparked by Russia’s invasion.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan was in a position to proceed on to an investigation with out the necessity of judicial approval after receiving a state get together referral from the most important coalition of nations in ICC historical past.

“Russia’s use of indiscriminate power in opposition to harmless civilians, in its unlawful and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, quantities to conflict crimes, for which the (President Vladimir) Putin regime have to be held accountable,” the U.Ok. Overseas Workplace mentioned in a press release.

The discharge additionally quoted Overseas Secretary Liz Truss as saying: “An investigation by the Worldwide Felony Court docket into Russia’s barbaric acts is urgently wanted and it’s proper that these accountable are held to account. The UK will work carefully with allies to make sure justice is finished.”

— Josh Meyer

Southern port metropolis of Kherson seems to fall to Russian forces

Amid conflicting experiences about whether or not the southern port metropolis of Kherson has been taken over by the Russians, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s workplace mentioned combating remains to be ongoing, including that it couldn’t remark additional whereas the battle was being waged.

Nevertheless, Russian officers mentioned they’re in “full management,” and Kherson Mayor Igor Kolykhaev made it sound just like the battle is over, saying Russian troopers got here into the town administration constructing. Kolykhaev mentioned he requested them to not shoot civilians and to permit them to collect up the our bodies from the streets.

“I merely requested them to not shoot at individuals,” Kolykhaev mentioned in a press release. “We don’t have any Ukrainian forces within the metropolis, solely civilians and folks right here who need to LIVE.”

UN Common Meeting calls for Russia finish hostilities, exit Ukraine

The United Nations Common Meeting voted 141 to five to demand Russia halt the conflict. China was amongst 35 international locations that abstained. Belarus and North Korea had been amongst Russia’s supporters, together with Syria and Eritrea. Longtime allies China, Cuba and Venezuela abstained.

U.N. Secretary Common António Guterres mentioned after the vote that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine have to be revered in step with the U.N .Constitution. He mentioned the “brutal results” of the battle on Ukrainians had been plain to see – and that the scenario would get a lot worse.

He additionally mentioned the U.N. attraction for humanitarian support was met with document generosity that can fund supply of significant medical and well being provides, meals, ingesting water, shelter and safety.  

“The message of the Common Meeting is loud and clear. Finish hostilities in Ukraine now,” Guterres mentioned. “Silence the weapons now. Open the door to dialogue and diplomacy now.”

Final week Moscow vetoed an identical decision earlier than the U.N. Safety Council.

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Russian credit standing slashed to ‘junk’ standing by main scores companies

Two of the world’s large three credit score companies downgraded Russia’s score to “junk” standing Wednesday, arguing that sanctions imposed by different international locations in response to the Ukrainian invasion have jeopardized Russian monetary stability.

Fitch on Wednesday downgraded Russia from BBB — good credit score — to B standing — extremely speculative. Moody’s downgraded the nation from Baa3 to B3, or from average to excessive threat. Final week, S&P downgraded Russia’s score from BBB- to BB+, additionally under funding grade.

The scores are thought of non-investment grade, or “junk.” 

Fitch cited U.S. and EU sanctions to the central financial institution of Russia as having “a a lot bigger affect on Russia’s credit score fundamentals than any earlier sanctions.”

Justice Division to focus on oligarchs who assist Putin

The U.S. is attempting to stress Russian President Vladimir Putin from plenty of angles, and one among them is his monetary assist.

The Justice Division on Wednesday introduced a particular activity power to go after the assets of billionaire oligarchs who assist Putin and profit from his regime.

President Joe Biden zeroed in on Russian monetary and political elites in his State of the Union deal with Tuesday, saying: “Tonight I say to the Russian oligarchs and corrupt leaders who’ve bilked billions of {dollars} off this violent regime: ‘No extra.’

“We’re becoming a member of with our European allies to seek out and seize your yachts, your luxurious flats, your non-public jets. We’re coming in your ill-begotten positive aspects.”

Lawyer Common Merrick Garland mentioned in a press release the first purpose of the duty power will likely be to implement the sweeping sanctions and restrictions the U.S. and its allies and companions have imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

— Josh Meyer

Ukraine says station the place residents have sought refuge was hit by missile

The workplace of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy advised The Related Press {that a} missile hit Wednesday in central Kyiv between the Southern Railway station and the Ibis lodge, an space close to Ukraine’s Protection Ministry. It was not identified how a lot injury the strike precipitated and whether or not there have been casualties.

The Southern Railway station is a serious a part of the primary passenger rail complicated that 1000’s have used to flee the conflict over the previous week. Two stations are related by an overhead hall that crosses over a couple of dozen tracks.

“Russian terrorists launched an air strike on the South Railway Station in Kyiv, the place 1000’s of Ukrainian ladies and kids are being evacuated,” the nationwide railway firm mentioned.

U.S. hits Russia, Belarus with extra sanctions

The U.S. is slapping extra sanctions in opposition to Russia and Belarus over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The White Home mentioned Wednesday the U.S. will impose stringent export controls on Belarus, which has hosted Russian troops and tools and has been a Russian staging floor for the assault. The export controls purpose to stop the diversion of things, applied sciences and software program by way of Russia to Belarus and restrict the 2 international locations’ potential to acquire supplies they want for the invasion.

The State Division is imposing sanctions that focus on Russia’s protection sector. Twenty-two Russian defense-related entities will likely be focused, together with companies that make fight plane, infantry combating automobiles, digital warfare programs, missiles and unmanned aerial automobiles for Russia’s navy.

The U.S. is also limiting exports on oil and gasoline extraction tools to Russia, which might degrade Moscow’s standing as a number one power provider, and is focusing on entities which have been concerned with or supported Russian and Belarusian safety companies, navy and protection sectors.

That can preserve the navy, aerospace, maritime and high-technology sectors in these international locations from acquiring U.S. items and expertise that can be utilized to assist Russian technical upkeep and innovation, the White Home mentioned.

– Michael Collins

Enormous Russian convoy outdoors Kyiv not making any progress

The huge Russian navy convoy stays stalled outdoors Kyiv, encountering stiff resistance from Ukrainians and persevering with shortages of gasoline and meals, a senior Protection Division official mentioned Wednesday.

The convoy, whose estimated size is 40 miles, is a mixture of fight and provide automobiles, mentioned the official who described intelligence estimates on situation of anonymity. There are indications that Ukrainian forces have focused the convoy with assaults.

The official estimated that 82% of Russia’s fight forces have entered Ukraine, almost one week into its invasion. That’s up barely from 80% on Tuesday.

The Russians proceed to hunt management of Ukraine’s largest cities, together with Kyiv and Kharkiv, and have been met with “ferocious” resistance, the official mentioned.

The Russian convoy has made no considerable progress within the final 24 hours, leaving it about 15 miles from Kyiv’s metropolis heart. They proceed to face gasoline and shortages and seem like delayed, the official mentioned.

Russia has but to achieve management of Ukrainian air area. In the meantime, U.S. shipments of arms and different provides has continued to reach in Ukraine, the official mentioned, declining to say the way it was transported.

Russia’s failure to this point to coordinate its air, floor and sea assault has come a shock, the official mentioned. Ukrainian resistance, provide issues and a risk-averse strategy seem like hindering the Russians.

— Tom Vanden Brook

Russian proprietor of Chelsea soccer membership says he’ll promote, donate proceeds to victims 

Roman Abramovich, the Russian proprietor who turned Chelsea into one of many British Premier League’s high golf equipment together with his large infusion of cash, said he will sell the soccer team and donate the web proceeds to victims of the conflict in Ukraine.

Abramovich had been searching for a strategy to relinquish management of the membership whereas retaining possession, however every week into Russia’s invasion, stress was rising on the British authorities to incorporate him among the many rich Russians to be focused in sanctions.

Abramovich said in a statement that it pained him to half with Chelsea, however was making the choice “in the perfect curiosity of the Membership, the followers, the workers, in addition to the Membership’s sponsors and companions.”

He additionally mentioned positive aspects from the sale could be used to arrange a charitable basis. “The inspiration will likely be for the advantage of all victims of the conflict in Ukraine. This contains offering vital funds in the direction of the pressing and rapid wants of victims, in addition to supporting the long-term work of restoration.”

Some Russian oligarchs communicate out in opposition to conflict

Russia’s conflict on Ukraine has rattled many rich Russians at house and all over the world who all of a sudden face sanctions that might jeopardize their jetset existence. President Joe Biden, in Tuesday’s State of the Union, warned that “we’re coming in your ill-begotten positive aspects.”

Alexei Mordashov, a metal magnate and Russia’s richest man, has been blacklisted by the European Union. Mordashov mentioned he does not see how his sanctions will assist settle the “dreadful battle” in Ukraine, based on his assertion to TASS, a Russian information company.

“I’ve completely nothing to do with the emergence of the present geopolitical rigidity,” Mordashov said Monday. “I don’t perceive why the EU has imposed sanctions on me.”

Metals mogul Oleg Deripaska, Alfa Financial institution founder Mikhail Fridman and banker Oleg Tinkov urged an finish to the conflict.

London’s Night Customary newspaper printed a front-page, anti-war assertion from its Russia-born proprietor, Evgeny Lebedev, this week. “As a Russian citizen I plead with you to cease Russians killing their Ukrainian brothers and sisters,” Lebedev mentioned. “As a British citizen I ask you to save lots of Europe from conflict.”

Gabriela Miranda

Grassroots resistance fuels Ukrainian conflict effort

U.S. officers say Russian forces have grown more and more annoyed by Ukrainian resistance, however they’ve warned that Moscow’s navy superiority will doubtless restrict Ukraine’s potential to battle again over time. Ukrainians are nonetheless nonetheless discovering methods large and small to resist Russian President Vladimir Putin any approach they will.

“Freedom is above all for us,” mentioned Oleksandr Rybitskyi, 27. On Monday, he detained three Russian brokers masquerading as Ukrainians in his metropolis, which he did not need to determine for concern of drawing consideration to it. “I assist keep order.”

Within the western metropolis of Lviv, dozens of volunteers lined up on the library to assist shred previous shirts, sheets and different material into lengthy strips, to be braided into camouflage protection for troops on the frontlines. 

“We don’t need to spend all day working forwards and backwards to a bunker, ready for the worst,” mentioned Iryna Bidna, 24.

Karina Zaiets and Katelyn Ferral

A militiaman carries a child as he helps a fleeing family across a bridge destroyed by artillery on the outskirts of Kyiv on March 2. 2022.

Zelenskyy to Ukrainians: ‘The entire world admires you’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the actor turned wartime president, has earned worldwide reward for his viral speeches from the streets of war-battered Kyiv whereas boosting morale amongst Ukrainians on the bottom.

“Handle your brothers in arms. I like you,” Zelenskyy mentioned in a speech Wednesday. “The entire world admires you, from Hollywood stars to politicians. At the moment, you Ukrainians are an emblem of invincibility. An emblem that individuals in any nation can turn out to be the perfect individuals on Earth at any second.”

He chided the Russians focusing on main cities similar to Borodyanka, Kharkiv and Kyiv, saying the assaults had been meant to “erase our nation. Erase us all.” Zelenskyy mentioned greater than 6,000 Russian troops had died within the first six days of combating, based on the Ukrainian navy’s depend.

“To get what? To get Ukraine? It’s unimaginable,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

Zelenskyy reiterated Ukraine’s need to hitch the European Union, a transfer EU officers have praised. Ukraine formally signed an accelerated software to hitch the bloc days after Russia’s invasion of the nation started.

– Matthew Brown

Twitter suspends Russian state media in Europe

Twitter will ban the accounts of Kremlin-backed media shops RT and Sputnik in Europe after sanctions from European Union officers focused Russian state media for spreading disinformation. Twitter joins different social media giants similar to TikTok, YouTube and Meta, the guardian firm of Fb, Instagram and WhatsApp, in limiting entry to Russian state media. Apple, Google and Microsoft pulled RT apps from their platforms in Europe.

RT and Sputnik have been accused of spreading false details about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Broadcasters in Europe together with France, Germany and the UK have banned RT from the airwaves. The Kremlin has threatened to retaliate on Western media shops working in Russia ought to Russian-state media proceed to be blocked.

– Matthew Brown

People gather in the Kyiv subway, using it as a bomb shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russian forces have escalated their attacks on crowded cities in what Ukraine's leader called a blatant campaign of terror.

Russian overseas minister: World Conflict III could be ‘nuclear and harmful’

Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned Wednesday that one other world conflict could be “nuclear and harmful” for all events, and he condemned Western sanctions on the Kremlin’s unprovoked conflict in Ukraine. Lavrov, in an interview with Al-Jazeera News, claimed Russia would face “actual hazard” ought to Ukraine purchase nuclear weapons; Ukraine has not tried to amass nuclear weapons and Russia has offered no proof to assist its claims on the contrary.

Putin over the weekend ordered the Kremlin’s nuclear arsenal to be on heightened alert, a provocative step that officers within the Biden administration and NATO allies referred to as reckless. Navy support to Ukraine and extra rounds of sanctions, nevertheless, didn’t waver after the escalation.

Lavrov mentioned that whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authorities had been ready for the collection of stringent financial sanctions levied at Russia because the invasion of Ukraine, that they had been caught off-guard by sanctions on athletes and personnel.

– Matthew Brown

Ukraine raises $270M in a rush to assist fund conflict

The Ukrainian authorities raised $270 million in conflict bonds after it started issuing the property to fund its protection of the nation from Russian invasion. Ukraine’s central financial institution enacted capital controls amid the Russian invasion, making it tough for overseas traders to take part in this system. That hasn’t stopped many worldwide and native traders from shopping for the bonds, based on Ukraine’s finance ministry.

“The proceeds from the bonds will likely be used to satisfy the wants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and to make sure the uninterrupted provision of the state’s monetary wants underneath the conflict,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance tweeted

 The Ukrainian authorities continues to foyer for stricter sanctions on Russian monetary establishments and companies. Western sanctions on Russia have to this point precipitated the ruble to plummet in worth, whereas on a regular basis Russians and financial elites rush to defend their wealth from monetary disaster.

– Matthew Brown

Harris: US troops received’t battle Russians in Ukraine

Vice President Kamala Harris reiterated that U.S. troops is not going to battle Russians in Ukraine because the Kremlin continues its advance. Showing on NBC Information Wednesday morning, Harris additionally mentioned it might be “irresponsible” to interact in nuclear escalation after Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned he had put the nation’s nuclear arsenal on alert.

“Our place is we aren’t going to contribute to an escalation in that path and now we have no intention of adjusting our posture,” Harris advised NBC Information anchor Savannah Guthrie.

Harris made the rounds Wednesday throughout a number of community morning exhibits.

“We aren’t going to place U.S, troops in Ukraine to battle Russians on the bottom or within the air, however we’re agency in our preparedness to defend our allies,” she mentioned, echoing President Joe Biden’s vow to defend “each inch of NATO territory.”

Ukraine isn’t a member of NATO, however the U.S. has despatched troops to bolster NATO’s japanese flank.

Rick Rouan

Russian delegation able to resume talks, Kremlin spokesman says

Russian negotiators are able to resume talks with Ukrainian officers however can not “predict whether or not Ukrainian negotiators will present up or not,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Wednesday.

“Let’s hope this occurs,” Peskov mentioned. “Ours will likely be there and prepared.”

Peskov mentioned Putin’s tradition adviser Vladimir Medinsky stays the primary negotiator for Russia. Talks held Monday close to the Belarus-Ukraine border produced no breakthrough, although the 2 sides agreed to satisfy once more. It was not clear when talks would proceed. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has beforehand accused the Kremlin of attempting to power him into concessions by intensifying the invasion. 

“Honest negotiations can happen when one facet doesn’t hit the different facet with rocket artillery on the very second of negotiations,” he mentioned.

– John Bacon

From Olympics to conflict: Ukraine athlete joins conflict effort

World champion biathlete Dmytro Pidruchnyi, who final month was competing on the Winter Olympics for Ukraine, has joined his nation’s navy. He posted a photograph on Instagram of himself in uniform, and the publish drew greater than 7,300 “likes” and lots of feedback of assist.

“I’m grateful to everybody who texts me and worries about my household and to those that assist and assist Ukraine,” Pidruchnyi wrote. “I’m at present in my hometown Ternopil serving within the Nationwide Guard of Ukraine. This photograph was taken throughout air alarm.”

In one other publish, Pidruchnyi asks for donations for the Ukraine military and for ethical assist.

“Don’t inform me that sport isn’t associated to the politics,” he mentioned. “IT IS RELATED!! when the troopers and civilians of my Motherland are dying when you are studying this.”

– John Bacon

Biden: Putin is extra ‘remoted from the world’ than ever

President Joe Biden hailed the united response of the U.S. and Western allies in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout his State of the Union address Tuesday evening as Russia continues its conflict in Ukraine.

Biden called the attack “premeditated and totally unprovoked,” including that Putin thought he might divide the world. “However Putin was flawed. We’re prepared. We’re united,” Biden mentioned. “Putin is now remoted from the world greater than he has ever been.”

Biden said the U.S. and western allies are enforcing “powerful economic sanctions,” together with slicing off Russia’s largest banks from worldwide monetary programs, stopping Russia’s central financial institution from shoring up the Russian ruble and “making Putin’s $260 billion conflict fund nugatory.”

He introduced the U.S. is closing off airspace to all Russian flights, becoming a member of a rising variety of international locations all over the world which have made related strikes in current days. Biden additionally mentioned he’s working with 30 international locations to launch 60 million barrels of oil from reserves all over the world to ease the affect of the conflict in Ukraine on power markets.

– Joey Garrison

Is Putin committing conflict crimes? What the consultants say. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s in a single day assault on in civilian areas of Kharkiv as a “war crime.” 

In the meantime, on Monday, the chief prosecutor on the Worldwide Felony Court docket in The Hague mentioned he plans to open an investigation “as quickly as attainable” into attainable conflict crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity in Ukraine. 

“Is Vladimir Putin committing a conflict crime? Sure. It’s very clear,” mentioned David Schwendiman, a former senior Justice Division lawyer and worldwide conflict crimes prosecutor.

However conflict crime consultants say the post-World Conflict II effort to create a world framework to thwart brutal dictators similar to Adolf Hitler is simply too toothless, caught up in energy politics and targeted on conflict crimes already dedicated to make a distinction in relation to Russia’s invasion. Read more here. 

–  Josh Meyer

WHAT ARE WAR CRIMES?Ukraine accuses Russia of them, but what exactly constitutes a war crime?

United States to ban Russian planes from American airspace

President Joe Biden mentioned in his State of the Union deal with Tuesday evening that the U.S. is closing its airspace to Russian planes in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The U.S. joins a rising listing of nations which have introduced plans to shut their airspace to Russian plane in response to the invasion. The European Union took that step Sunday after a number of European international locations, together with France, Italy and Denmark, introduced the transfer.

Canada additionally joined the worldwide transfer to chop off Russian plane.

– Michael Collins and Courtney Subramanian

Cities underneath siege: A have a look at Kyiv and Kharkiv by the numbers

The conflict has thrown a worldwide highlight on Ukraine’s two largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv.

Kyiv’s (KEE-ev) inhabitants of  2.7 million individuals would make it the third largest within the U.S. barely forward of Chicago. The town covers 330 sq. miles – larger than Chicago or New York, in regards to the dimension of San Diego.

Kyiv is in north-central Ukraine, not removed from the borders with Russia and Belarus. Ukrainian and Russian are generally spoken within the metropolis, among the many oldest in Japanese Europe.

Kharkiv (kar-KEEV), 300 miles east of Kyiv and close to the Russian border, has a inhabitants of about 1.four million unfold over about 135 sq. miles – in regards to the dimension of Philadelphia, which has a inhabitants of about 1.5 million.

The nation of Ukraine has a inhabitants of about 45 million individuals, a couple of million greater than California, and is about 233,000 sq. miles – a bit smaller than Texas.

– John Bacon

Contributing: Kate Gutman, USA TODAY; The Related Press