Ukrainian War Updates

Missile Tracker

Total number of Russian Missile Strikes3,000+
Numbers have been sourced from a statement by President Zelensky: link here to read further.

Civilian Casualty Tracker

Ukrainian Civilian Deaths 5,401
Total Ukrainian Civilian Casualties 12,867
Total Ukrainian Refugees 10.6 million
Data from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR)

August 10th, 2022

  • CNN: The U.S. government believes that Iran has been training Russian forces to man and operate Iranian UAV systems. “During the last several weeks, Russian officials conducted training in Iran as part of the agreement for UAV transfers from Iran to Russia,” a U.S. official stated. The U.S. official also added that the intelligence surrounding Russia’s training has recently been declassified.

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August 9th, 2022

  • Reuters: In an attempt to complete its conquest of Eastern Ukraine, Russia unleashed ground forces, air strikes, and artillery. Despite Russia’s offensive, Kyiv said that Ukrainian fighters have done a great job in their resistance and have largely held the line.

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August 8th, 2022

  • Ukrinform: Russia used Kh-47M Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched missiles against military targets in the Vinnytsia region, the Ukrainian Air Force Command of the Armed Forces announced. “It is the newest type of the missiles Russia has in service. After they were put into service in 2018, only several dozens of them were released. The Kh-47M warhead is 500 kg, and its speed is from 3,500 to over 12,000 km/h,” he stated.

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  • CNN: The Pentagon announced that the US sent anti-radar missiles for Ukrainian aircraft to target Russian radar systems. Under secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl did not specify how many missiles and what type of anti-radar missiles the U.S. provided to Ukraine. However, one defense official stated that the U.S. sent AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM).

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  • The U.S. Department of Defense: The DOD announced its latest $1 billion military aid package for Ukraine. Since August 2021, the Pentagon said, “It is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority.” The package includes munitions for Ukraine’s NASAMS, HIMARS, and Javelines, as well as 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery.

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August 2nd, 2022

  • Reuters: Russia claimed that it destroyed 6 U.S.-made HIMARS since the beginning of the invasion. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also added that Russia destroyed 5 anti-ship Harpoon missile launch systems and 33 M777 howitzers. The Pentagon’s acting spokesman, Todd Breasseale, said: “We are aware of these latest claims by Minister Shoigu and they are again patently false.”

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  • CNN: The Ukrainian Air Force said that Russia launched a missile attack from bombers in the middle of the afternoon. Tu-95 strategic bombers were used to fire 8 missiles into Ukrainian territory. Ukraine declared that 7 of the 8 missiles were shot down by its anti-aircraft missile forces. The eighth missile struck an anti-aircraft missile complex in the western Lviv region.

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August 1st, 2022

  • UN Human Rights: In the month of July alone, there was a total of 1,455 civilian casualties and 355 civilian deaths. Of these numbers, 100 were killed, and 320 were injured by cruise and ballistic missiles (air, sea, and land-based).

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July 31st, 2022

  • Reuters: Russia continued its missile attack on the Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv by launching over 12 missiles. The missiles hit homes and schools, wounding at least 3 civilians. Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and owner of the agriculture company Nibulon, and his wife were both killed in their home.

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  • The Washington Post: A Ukrainian kamikaze UAV drone exploded at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean Peninsula. 6 Russians were wounded from the attack. This prompted Russia to cancel its ceremonies, honoring Russia’s Navy.

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July 30th, 2022

  • The Guardian: A Russian missile was launched from an S-300 surface-to-air system at a residential area in Kharkiv. One missile struck a school, leaving 1 person dead and 6 other people injured.

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  • Reuters: Russia attacked the Southeastern city of Mykolaiv with missiles, killing 5 civilians and wounding 7 others.

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July 28th, 2022

  • Al Jazeera: Russia successfully struck a Ukrainian military base in Lyutizh—just North of Kyiv—with 6 Kalibr cruise missiles. Russia launched its missiles from the Crimean Peninsula.

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  • Kyiv Independent: Russia launched over 20 missiles from Belarusian territory. Out of the 20, 9 of the missiles hit Ukraine’s Operational Command “North” in Chernihiv Oblast.

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July 27th, 2022

  • Ukrinform: Russian soldiers attacked an industrial area of Kharkiv with artillery and 2 S-300 long-range missiles. As of now, it is believed that there are no casualties.

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July 26th, 2022

  • Reuters: Russia executed a missile strike against a residential building in Ukraine’s southern city of Mykolaiv. At least 3 people were killed, and 5 people were wounded in the attack. Russia used 8 X-55 cruise missiles to carry it out.

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  • Ukrinform: Just a few days after its initial missile attack on Odesa, Russia executed another one. Russia fired 5 Kh-59 and 8 Kh-22 missiles at Zatoka—in the Odesa region. Thus far, there have been no reported casualties or deaths.

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July 24th, 2022

  • Voice of America: 4 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Black sea with the intention of hitting the western Khmelnytskyi region. However, Ukraine’s air defenses successfully shot them down.

July 23rd, 2022

  • The Washington Post: Less than a day after Russia and Ukraine signed a grain deal, Russia fired missiles at the port of Odesa. Russia fired 4 Kalibr cruise missiles; 2 missiles were shot down by air defense forces, and 2 hit the infrastructure of the port. Russia claims that it only hit military targets.

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  • Reuters: Russia continued its aggression by executing a missile attack on Kirovohrad Oblast. Russia targeted the military airfield and runway infrastructure and hit the target with 13 missiles. After the attack, 3 people were found to be killed.

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July 21st, 2022

  • Institute for the Study of War: Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) reported that Russia’s military used 55-60% of Russia’s pre-war reserve of high-precision missiles. A representative from the Defense Intelligence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vadym Skibytsky, said: “[Ukrainian] military intelligence is tracking the condition and numbers of the weaponry that Russia is using. As for the high-precision weaponry — that it is what Russians are saying, Iskander, Kalibr system, the cruise missiles Kh-101, Kh-555 — we asses that 55-60% of the pre-war stores have been used up.”

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July 19th, 2022

  • U.S. News & World Report: A Russian missile struck a central part of the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. At least one civilian was killed.

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  • ABC News: Overnight, Russia executed a missile attack on the city of Odesa. 7 Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea; 6 of them hit civilian targets. 6 people, including a child, were injured.

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July 18th, 2022

  • Ukrinform: In a speech, President Zelensky announced that Russia fired over 3,000 missiles at Ukraine since the beginning of the war. “Russia has already used more than three thousand cruise missiles against Ukraine. It is impossible to count the number of artillery and other projectiles that were used against our country and our people. But it is definitely possible to bring all Russian war criminals to justice. Each of the collaborators. All those responsible for terror. For everything that happens during 145 days and in more than eight years. It will be done,” he said.

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  • CNN: A two-story building in the town of Toretsk was hit by Russian artillery as Russian forces bombarded the town with artillery. In the rubble of the building, rescuers found 5 dead bodies. 3 people were transported to the hospital—and 1 died there.

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July 17th, 2022

  • Ukrinform: Early in the morning, Russia fired 10 missiles from an S-300 at Ukraine’s Western city of Mykolaiv. The damage has not been assessed yet, and there have been no reported casualties.

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July 15th, 2022

  • Voices of America: Russia launched a missile attack on Dnipro. At least 3 people were injured, and 15 were killed. “The rockets hit an industrial plant and a busy street next to it,” the regional governor, Valentyn Reznychenko, said. “We are determining the extent of the destruction.”

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July 14th, 2022

  • ABC News: Russia executed a series of missile strikes against the city of Vinnytsia in Ukraine. So far, 21 people—including 3 children younger than 10—have been reportedly killed, and another 100 have been injured. President Zelensky called this an “open act of terrorism.” Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles from a ship in the Black Sea, damaging a medical clinic, offices, stores, and residential buildings in the city. Ukrainian air defenses shot down two of the four incoming missiles.

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July 13th, 2022

  • CNN: Overnight, the Russian military launched heavy shelling and airstrikes on the Ukrainian cities of Bakhmut and Kramatorsk. Early reports indicate that there were no fatalities. Then, later in the day, 2 Russian missile strikes were reported in the region of Zaporizhzhia.

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July 12th, 2022

  • CNN: Following the Ukrainian HIMARS attacks on Russia, the Russian military has sought ways to prevent Ukraine from executing more strikes. The Russian military is occupying the city of Melitopol and blocking the exits, preventing the citizens from evacuating. By holding the city as hostage, the Russians anticipate that the Ukrainians will not use the HIMARS due to the present citizenry.

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July 11th, 2022

  • CNN: Russia executed a series of missile strikes on the city of Kharkiv—the second largest city in Ukraine. Following the attack, Ukrainians found that at least 6 people were killed and 31 have been injured.

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  • BBC: The White House announced that Iran intends to supply the Russian military with drones and train the soldiers to use them; it predicted that the Russian military will make use of them by early July.

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  • The Guardian: Ukraine used its American-supplied HIMARS to strike a large ammunition store in the town of Nova Kakhovka. Several Russians have reportedly been killed. Ukraine’s recent strikes on ammunition warehouses and Russian command centers—like this—have been attributed to the American-supplied HIMARS.

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July 9th, 2022

  • The Guardian: A Russian rocket struck an apartment building in Chasiv Yar—an Eastern Ukrainian city. 47 people were killed by the attack; another 20 people were trapped under the rubble. This has become one of the most devastating missile attacks since the beginning of the war.

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  • Ukrinform: The Russian military launched 6 missiles from an S-300 system at the city of Mykolaiv.

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  • Voices of America: The Russian government executed a series of missile strikes. First, it hit the city of Kharkiv in Northeastern Ukraine, wounding three civilians; during that time, Russia also focused on Luhansk and Donetsk. Then, Russian missile and rocket strikes were aimed at Eastern and Southern Ukraine. Four civilians were killed in Siversk from the attacks.

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July 8th, 2022

  • CNN: The U.S. government announced that it will send another $400 million package to Ukraine to support its defense. The package will include 4 additional HIMARS and ammunition, 3 tactical vehicles, 1,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, demolition munitions, counter-battery systems, spare parts, and other equipment.

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July 7th, 2022

  • Reuters: In, what appears to be, a directed attack against Ukrainian civilians, a Russian missile struck the city of Kramatorsk. As of now, it is known that 1 person was killed and 6 people were injured.

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  • Reuters: For months, a Moldovian tanker has sailed across the Black Sea carrying diesel. However, it was struck by 2 Russian cruise missiles. the “Millenial Spirit” tanker was hit by 2 KH-31 missiles.

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  • Reuters: Recently, Ukraine reclaimed Snake Island, offering its people a boost in morale. However, as the Ukrainians hoisted their flag on the island, a Russian warplane fired high-precision missiles, killing an undisclosed number of Ukrainian soldiers.

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July 6th, 2022

  • United Press International: Russia fired a missile into Kharkiv—the second-largest Ukrainian city. Due to the missile strike, Russia destroyed a pedagogical university.

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  • Egypt Independent: President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a speech in which he called for new modern air defense systems after Russian missile strikes intensified. During the speech, Zelensky said, “The Russian army does not take any breaks. It has one task — to take people’s lives, to intimidate people — so that even a few days without an air alarm already feel like part of the terror. And this evening, Kyiv and again almost the whole of Ukraine heard the air alarm … Some of the missiles were shot down by our air defense forces. And we have not reduced and will not reduce our diplomatic activity for a single day to obtain modern anti-missile systems for Ukraine in sufficient quantity … This is a maximum task for our state — to provide basic security for Ukrainians, basic protection against missile attacks already this year. But the fulfillment of this task depends not only on us, but also on the understanding of our fundamental needs by our partners.”

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  • Reuters: Following a crowdfunding campaign, Lithuania secured a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone for Ukraine. The citizens of Lithuania raised the funds for the drone; however, the Turkish company that produced the drone ultimately decided to donate it.

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July 5th, 2022

  • Ukrainska Pravda: Russia launched 4 missiles into the Khmelnytskyi region of Western Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian missile defenses were able to shoot one of the missiles down. As of now, one person is known to have been injured.

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  • CNN: Russian forces shelled the city of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region. At least 1 person was killed at 7 were injured.

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July 4th, 2022

  • The Guardian: Vladamir Putin declared victory in Luhansk one day after Ukrainian forces withdrew from their final stronghold. The victory plays into Russia’s strategy: to take the Donbas.

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July 3rd, 2022

  • The Guardian: The Ukrainian military withdrew its troops from the city of Lysychansk. Ukraine’s military command did not want to give up the territory, but they believed staying to fight would have “fatal consequences.” Ukraine has vowed to eventually take the land back.

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July 1st, 2022

  • Drone DJ: A Ukrainian startup company claims that it developed an anti-drone gun that is capable of hitting Russian drop craft up to 2 miles away.

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  • NPR: Russia executed a missile strike on residential communities near the Odesa Port. Using Kh-22 missiles, the Russian military killed at least 9 people. The missile strikes were believed to be “payback” for Ukraine’s retaking of Snake Island.

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June 30th, 2022

  • Army Recognition: Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Spain is beginning to deploy a NASAMS missile defense system to Latvia. As a NATO member, Latvia must be protected in the event of a Russian attack on it. For this reason, the NATO allies are looking to improve the defense capabilities of the Baltic states.

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  • CNN: Russia fired 10 missiles and hit “civilian targets” in Mykolaiv; five people were killed from the strikes. There were also missile strikes in Ochakiv, Dnipro, and Russian shelling continued in the Kharkiv region and Summy region of the Donbas.

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  • The New York Times: Russian forces withdrew from Snake Island. Ukrainian forces have been engaged in an operation to reclaim the island. On Monday, Ukraine claims to have struck another Russian missile system there. Snake Island was the site where Ukrainian defenders famously exclaimed, “Russian warship, go **** yourself,” at the beginning of the war.

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  • Reuters: The UK pledged to provide another £1 billion of military support to Ukraine. The military aid will include air defense systems, uncrewed aerial vehicles, electronic warfare equipment, and equipment for the soldiers. The announcement came following NATO’s declaration that Russia is the “most significant and direct threat” to European security.

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  • Reuters: Sweden announced that it will send 500 million Swedish crowns ($49 million) worth of anti-tank weapons and machine guns to Ukraine.

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June 29th, 2022

  • CNN: At the Madrid Summit, NATO officially invited Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance. Moreover, NATO released its new strategic concept. In it, NATO reaffirms that Russia is the most direct threat it faces; however, China poses a “systemic challenge.”

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  • NPR: Because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, President Biden announced that the U.S. will boost its military footprint in Europe. This includes more naval destroyers stationed in Spain, two F-35 fighter jet squadrons positioned in the United Kingdom, and a permanent headquarters in Poland for the U.S. 5th Army Corps.

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June 28th, 2022

  • CNN: After initially threatening to block Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO, Turkey has abandoned its plan to veto. In an exchange for Sweden and Finland’s lifting of their arms embargo on Turkey and support for Turkey on terror-related issues, Turkey agreed to support Sweden and Finland’s entry into NATO. As it stands now, there does not appear to be any objection against the Nordic states’ entry; they will soon be a part of the military alliance.

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  • Reuters: Germany and the Netherlands will give Ukraine 6 more howitzers. Both countries have already supplied a total of 12 howitzers; however, to further support Ukraine, they have each agreed to provide 3 more.

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June 27th, 2022

  • NPR: As Russia continues its reinvigorated missile strikes against Ukraine, Russia hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk with 1,000 innocent civilians inside. 13 people were killed as a result of the attack.

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  • CNN: As the battle of Lysychansk persists, the Russians continue their artillery campaign against the Ukrainians. Lysychansk’s surrounding towns were shelled, while the Russians intended to use artillery to cut Lysychansk off from the highway.

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  • CNN: The U.S. will soon announce the purchase of medium-to-long-range surface-to-air missile defense systems for Ukraine. Ukrainian officials have been asking the U.S. to provide it with National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS); however, it is unclear which missile defense system the U.S. will provide Ukraine. Regardless, the United States will likely need to train the Ukrainian defense forces to use it.

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June 26th, 2022

  • CNN: Russian President Vladimir Putin decided that he will transfer nuclear-capable Iskander-M missile systems in the coming months. These missiles “can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions,” Putin told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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June 25th, 2022

  • The New York Times: Russian forces used ship-launched missiles in the Black Sea and air-launched missiles in Belarus to execute a series of missile attacks against Ukraine. Among the attacked cities include Kyiv, Yavoriv, Zhytomyr, and Desna.

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June 24th, 2022

  • CNN: The U.S. government announced that the rest of its pledged weapons—including the remaining High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)—that the U.S. pledged to Ukraine will arrive by mid-July.

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June 23rd, 2022

  • Reuters: The U.S.’ initial High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) donation has arrived in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has asked for about 300 HIMARS; however, the U.S. has only sent 4.

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  • U.S. News & World Report: The United States announced that it will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine. The new military package will include 4 more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

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  • CNN: Russia executed a series of missile attack strikes against Southern Ukraine. Russia launched 3 surface-to-air missiles from occupied Kherson to Mykolaiv. They also launched 3 missiles at the port city of Odes; however, they were shot down by Ukrainian air defense systems.

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June 22nd, 2022

  • Kyiv Independent: German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told parliament that Germany intends to train Ukrainians to use the Multiple Launch Rocket System Mars II. Once the instruction is concluded, Germany will begin delivering the Mars system.

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  • The Eurasia Times: The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that it destroyed Ukraine’s 155-mm M-777 howitzers that the U.S. and its allies provided. It is unknown how many howitzers were destroyed in the missile strikes.

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June 21st, 2022

  • NPR: After continued fighting for weeks, Russian forces have captured nearly all of the strategic Eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk

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  • The Guardian: The Ukrainian Army launched some air strikes on Zmiinyi Island—colloquially known as “Snake Island.” At the beginning of the war, Snake Island was the location where Ukrainian defenders famously exclaimed: “Russian warship, go **** yourself.”

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  • CNN: After the Russians’ overnight shelling of Kharkiv, many civilian institutions—including educational institutions—were destroyed. In just 24 hours, at least three people were killed, while 254 children and 993 total people were evacuated.

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June 18th, 2022

  • Al Jazeera: 3 Russian missiles destroyed an oil depository in the Novomoskovsk district. During the attack, 11 people were injured

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June 16th, 2022

  • Associated Press: In hopes of improving NATO’s deterrence capabilities, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called for an increase in air, sea, and cyber defenses. The U.S. Department of Defense agreed to place more arms into Eastern Europe and place troops on high alert.

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  • Politico: Leaders from France, Germany, and Italy met with President Zelensky in Kyiv to discuss future EU membership. This comes after recent criticism the EU leaders received for being too accommodating to Russia in recent months.

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June 15th, 2022

  • The United States Department of Defense: The DOD announced its newest $1 billion security package for Ukraine. This new security package includes howitzers, ammunition, and Harpoon coastal defense systems.

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June 14th, 2022

  • Daily Mail: Ukraine launched a missile 40 miles into Russia, striking a military base. Troops and helicopters arrived at the scene of the attack and found a bomb crater and a fire spreading to a nearby apartment block.

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  • Associated Press: Russian troops have taken control of 80% of the city of Sievierodonetsk. The troops also destroyed all of its bridges to prevent evacuation.

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June 13th, 2022

  • CNBC: U.S. officials say new military aid for Ukraine might come as early as this week. The additional aid is likely to come from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which can be used for training, equipping, and advising Ukrainian forces. The U.S. has used more than $6 billion for USAI funds in fiscal year 2022.

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  • CNN: Russian forces fired three missiles on Pryluky district in Ukraine’s northern Chernihiv region, forcing evacuations of some residents.

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June 12th, 2022

  • Ukrinform: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech, stating the necessity for more missile defense systems: “Today is the 109th day of a full-scale war, but it is not the 109th day as we tell our partners a simple thing: Ukraine needs modern missile defense systems. The supply of such systems was possible this year, last year and even earlier. Did we get them? No. Do we need them? Yes. There have already been 2606 affirmative answers to this question in the form of various Russian cruise missiles that have hit Ukrainian cities. Our cities, our villages for the period from February 24. These are lives that could have been saved, these are tragedies that could have been prevented if Ukraine had been listened to.”

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  • Alarbiya News: The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it destroyed a warehouse of US-supplied missile systems in Ukraine. The Russian Air Force used Kalibr cruise missiles in the strike located in the Ternopil region.

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June 10th, 2022

  • Ukrinform: Another submarine carrying cruise missiles has joined Russia’s naval group in the Black Sea. Russian forces are prepared to launch 40 cruise missiles at Ukraine.

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  • United States Naval Institute: Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov announced that Ukrainian forces deployed Harpoon anti-ship missiles to the Black Sea to counter Russian surface ships in the region.

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  • Yahoo!: As Russia continues its rhetorical attacks against the United States and its NATO allies, Russian ambassador Nikolai Korchunov told state media that the situation in the arctic was becoming perilous. “A very disturbing trend that is turning the Arctic into an international arena of military operations,” he said, indicating the potential for heightened Russo-American tensions.

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  • The Hill: As the Russo-Ukrainian War continues, Russia looks for methods to instill fear in the United States so that it backs off the conflict. To do so, Russia and Nicaragua developed a new agreement, providing Russian troops for and in Nicaragua.

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June 9th, 2022

  • Reuters: Two British citizens and one Moroccan were sentenced to death for fighting for Ukraine by a Russian court. After surrendering at Mariupol, Aiden Aslin (UK), Shaun Pinner (UK), and Saaudun Brahim (Morocco) were accused of being and sentenced as “mercenaries.”

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June 8th, 2022

  • The Washington Examiner: The Ukrainian ambassador to Israel publically critiqued the Israeli government for its lack of support. “We need Israeli assistance. … I mean that we need the military-technical support,” he said. Ukraine is hoping to get an Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel to protect itself best against Russian missile attacks.

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  • Politico: As Ukraine proclaims that it is outgunned 6 to 1 by Russian forces, Norway donated 22 M109 tracked self-propelled howitzers, gear, spare parts, and ammunition to the Ukrainian forces. Moreover, Norway has trained the Ukrainian soldiers to use the howitzers.

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June 7th, 2022

  • Associated Press: Japanese and NATO officials agreed to increase their military cooperation and the frequency of joint exercises. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Japan has become increasingly worried about global security, as indicated by Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi’s statement, “The security of Europe and Asia are closely intertwined, especially now with the international community facing serious challenges.”

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  • Associated Press: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claims that Russian forces control 97% of Ukraine’s Luhansk region. Shoigu’s statement comes after weeks of intense Russian artillery bombardments throughout much of the Eastern Donbas.

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  • CNBC: the UK Defense Ministry reported that Ukraine has taken back parts of the Severodonetsk. In recent weeks, Russia captured significant territory in the city of Severodonetsk; however, it appears that Ukraine is able to regain parts of the city.

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June 5th, 2022

  • The Guardian: The United Kingdom announced that it will supply Ukraine with long-range rocket artillery. In order for the Ukrainian military to strike the Russian artillery that lay siege to their cities, the UK is sending Ukraine a handful of tracked M270 multiple launch rocket systems, which can hit targets up to 50 miles away.

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  • NPR: Russian airstrikes hit a train-repair facility in Kyiv; the wreckage is claimed to be “beyond repair.” Russia’s attack came as Ukraine was already struggling to export grain to avoid global food shortages and minimize rising prices. Russia claims that the airstrike destroyed tanks that were supplied by Ukraine’s foreign allies; however, the head of Ukraine’s railways responded, “We don’t have any military machinery on our factory … Only freight railcars that help us export grain and iron ore.”

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  • Reuters: Spain is going to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles and Leopard battle tanks. Spain also intends to train the Ukrainians on how to operate the tanks.

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June 4th, 2022

  • CNN: The Ukrainian military said that the Russian military has engaged in air and missile attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukrainian Armed Forces spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun stated that the Russian soldiers launched four Tochka missiles in the areas of Bakhmut, Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka, and Lysychansk. He also said that the Russians executed airstrikes in Sloviansk and Soledar.

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  • Reuters: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Russian artillery “destroyed” the All Saints Church in Sviatohirsk. The church, Zlenskyy said, “was first destroyed during the Soviet era,” but “it was rebuilt. And so it was burned by the Russian army.”

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June 1st, 2022

  • CNN: Ukrainian officials announced that Russian cruise missiles struck a railway in Western Ukraine. The missile attack occurred near the Beskyd tunnel in the Carpathian mountains, which is close to the border of Slovakia. This is the second time that Russia has used cruise missiles to attack this route in order to stop the movement of Ukrainian oil and arms. Fortunately, nobody was injured or killed during the incident.

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  • Politico: After the United States announced that it will send High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine, the United Kingdom declared its intent to send M270 launchers. This missile system is capable of hitting targets just under 50 miles away. In hopes of maximizing its effectiveness, the UK also stated that it will train Ukrainian troops to use the launchers.

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  • PBS: Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a $700 million drawdown from the $40 billion supplemental funding bill for Ukraine aid. At the end of his speech, Blinken declared that the United States and its allies would “will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

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May 31st, 2022

  • The New York Times: President Biden published an op-ed, detailing the United State’s commitment to the Russo-Ukrainian War. As Russia continues its assault, he wrote, the U.S. will send the Ukrainian forces “more advanced rocket systems and munitions” that would “enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.” Through this statement, President Biden indicated that the U.S. will send High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine. However, he stated he will not send rockets that can reach Russian soil.

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  • CNN: The city of Severodonetsk remains one of the two remaining Ukrainian strongholds in the Russian-occupied Luhansk Oblast; however, Russia and Ukraine have battled for control of the city. Head of the Luhansk region military administration Serhiy Hayday said the Russians have taken “most of Severodonetsk.” He continued: “The city at this stage has 90% of all houses damaged. Of these, 60% are almost impossible to restore. And all the critical infrastructure is completely destroyed.”

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  • The Washington Post: Russia has continued its missile and aerial assault on the Donetsk region—Sloviansk, in particular, has been the subject of many of Russia’s missile attacks. The Ukrainian government confirmed that Russian missiles have killed three people and wounded another six.

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May 30th, 2022

  • Reuters: The Biden administration announced that it will not send the advanced long-range rocket systems—that it planned to send on May 27th—to Ukraine. After considering the risks posed by escalation, President Biden deemed the arms transfer would escalate Russo-American tensions, and as a result told reporters, “We’re not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia.”

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  • CNN: Ukraine continues its counteroffensive in the South to hold off Russian advances in the Eastern Donbas region. In an effort to weaken the Ukrainian forces, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia has been using artillery, airstrikes, and missiles in cities like Lysychansk and Soledar.

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May 29th, 2022

  • Reuters: Russian shelling destroyed all of the critical infrastructures in the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk. President Zelenskyy indicated that Russia’s “principal aim” is to capture the city.

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  • Reuters: In just three days, the Lithuanian government raised €5 million ($5.4 million) to help Ukraine purchase a Bayraktar TB-2 drone. These drones have played a critical role in Ukraine’s defense against Russia, as they have helped Ukrainian forces target Russian tanks.d

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May 27th, 2022

  • CNN: The Biden administration is preparing to approve the arms transfer of advanced long-range rocket systems to Ukraine. In recent weeks, Ukraine has suffered massive losses in the East, as they are outmanned and outgunned. To bolster its capabilities, the Ukrainian government has requested the U.S. send both Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). In response to this report, Russia declared that the U.S. would “cross a red line” if it sends these missile systems to Ukraine.

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  • Defense News: Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States has sent 1,400 Stinger air defense systems to Ukraine in order to help bolster its defense capabilities. On May 27, the U.S. Army announced that it struck a deal with a U.S. defense contractor to replenish its Stingers. By 2026, the United States hopes to restock 1,300 new Stingers.

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May 25th, 2022

  • CNN: The Russian military acknowledged that it launched cruise missiles at targets in Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia. Russian defense ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said the strikes on Zaporizhzhia targeted production workshops of the Monot Sich plant, an aerospace facility.

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May 24th, 2022

  • The Defense Post: Since Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost at least 50 Russian Orlan-10E unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). According to the UK’s Ministry of Defense, the rate at which Russia is losing drones will significantly hamper its intelligence capabilities and its ability to continue the war effort.

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May 23rd, 2022

  • Defense News: On Monday, after concluding a U.S.-led meeting of international defense chiefs to coordinate aid to Ukraine, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that Denmark will arm Ukraine with a modern Harpoon anti-ship launcher and missiles to protect its coasts. The announcement was made after Russia’s blockade of Odessa.

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  • CNN: Russian missiles struck railway infrastructure in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region in an attempt to disrupt Ukrainian force supply lines.

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May 22nd, 2022

  • CNN: Ukrainian Air Command said Russian “naval-based cruise missiles” were launched at infrastructure facilities in the Zhytomyr region. The Center’s air defense units, however, destroyed four of the Russian missiles, three missiles were destroyed by aircraft, and one by an anti-aircraft missile unit.

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May 18, 2022

  • NPR: Sweden and Finland—two historically neutral countries—submitted their applications to join NATO. In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland saw it in their countries’ national interests to join NATO to protect themselves against potential Russian encroachments.

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May 15th, 2022

  • Reuters: Early on Sunday morning, four Russian missiles struck a military installation in the Lviv region of Ukraine. According to Ukrainian officials, two missiles were destroyed before striking targets and appeared to have been launched from the Black Sea.

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May 10th, 2022

  • AP News: Russian missiles targeted the port city of Odesa in an effort to disrupt supply lines and weapons shipments to Ukrainian defense forces. Military officials said that Russia fired seven missiles that struck a shopping center and a warehouse. One person was killed and five were wounded.

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  • New York Times: United Nations investigators announced that they recorded the unlawful killing of 300 civilian adults and children in northern parts of Ukraine. The investigators have also estimated that thousands of civilians have been killed in the city of Mariupol which has been surrounded by Russian troops for weeks.

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May 6th, 2022

  • CBS News: Intelligence provided by the U.S. helped the Ukrainians sink the Russian Moskva in April, according to a senior defense official. The U.S. shared the location of the Moskva in the Black Sea with the Ukrainians but had no role in the decision to strike it, the official said. Without providing specifics, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday that the U.S. has been providing Ukraine useful battlefield intelligence throughout the war as Ukraine defends itself – but Kirby said the Pentagon does not provide intelligence on the location of senior military leaders on the battlefield or participate in the targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military.

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  • NBC News: Ukraine is asking the Biden administration for anti-ship missiles to secure ports that have been blocked by Russia’s navy, as well as more capable drones and multiple rocket launcher systems that can strike Russian forces at a longer distance, according to Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. Ukraine said it needed U.S.-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles or similar weapons to free up the use of the Black Sea port of Odesa and other ports for the export of millions of tons of grain and food. The ports are under a de facto naval blockade by Russian forces off the coast, Crow said.

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May 4th, 2022

  • Reuters: Russia announced on Wednesday that it launched two Kalibr crusie missiles from submarines located in the Black Sea. The launches were accompanied by a reiterated threat that Russia would not hesitate from targeting shipments of NATO weapons to Ukraine. Russia had launched similar submarine-based launches on April 29th.

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May 3rd, 2022

  • CNN: The Ukrainian military targeted and destroyed multiple Russian military vehicles in Oleksandrivka, southeast of Russian-occupied Izium. The Russian ministry of defense admitted to facing threats from Ukrainian missiles in the small village in the Donetsk oblast. Ukrainian officials have also noted success in attacks on Russian vehicles in the Kharkiv oblast and communications towers on Snake Island via a Bayraktar drone.

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April 28th, 2022

  • Reuters: Russia fired two cruise missiles into the central Shevchenko district of Kyiv on Thursday morning. One missile struck the lower floors of a 25-story residential building, injuring at least 10 people, according to Ukrainian officials. The second missile damaged an unnamed facility that was nearby. The strikes occurred at the same time that UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was visiting the Kyiv. Video of the strike in Kyiv can be seen here.

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April 26th, 2022

  • DefenseNews: Germany has announced it is sending 50 Gepard air-defense tanks to enhance Ukraine’s defense capabilities against Russian aircraft. The weapon system consists of a two-cannon flak setup mounted on a Leopard tank Chassis. Christine Lambrecht, the German Defense Minister, commented, “It’s exactly what Ukraine needs to defend its airspace.”

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April 23rd, 2022

  • New York Times: On Saturday, at least eight people, including a three-month-old baby, were killed when two cruise missiles struck a residential building in the far west of Odessa. Reports have stated that the attack was carried out by a Tu-95 strategic bomber that fired six cruise missiles in total. Ukrainian air defense managed to intercept two missiles, however, two struck residential buildings in the Tiarove district, and two hit military targets. Ukrainian officials have noted that 18 people were injured during the strike.

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April 22nd, 2022

  • Wall Street Journal: Norway has announced it has donated 100 Mistral air-defense missiles and an unknown number of Mistral MANPAD launchers to Ukraine. The Mistral short-range air defense system is commonly used by the Norwegian Navy and is set to be phased out within the next couple of years. Earlier in the invasion, Norway had supplied Ukraine with 4,000 M72 light anti-armor weapons, along with helmets and flak jackets.

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April 21st, 2022

  • BBC: The United States announced its latest round of security assistance to Ukraine valued at $800 million. This new assistance package brings U.S. aid to Ukraine to around $3.4 billion since the start of the invasion on Feb. 24th. The security assistance package includes 72 howitzer artillery systems, 144,000 artillery shells, and tactical drones. Ukrainian troops are currently being trained on the howitzer system to provide Ukraine with artillery power as the invasion reaches its 57th day.

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April 19th, 2022

  • The Guardian: Russia launched a barrage of long-range missiles against Ukraine in their new push for the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Beginning with four missiles that struck Lviv on Monday, Russia continued to fire air-launched missiles across the cities in the east. A notably powerful explosion was reported in Vasylkiv, a small town south of Kyiv, that is home to an airbase. In the last 4 days, 18 people have been killed and 106 injured from Russian attacks. 

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April 18th, 2022

  • The Hill: The Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have deployed a massive strike in Ukraine over Sunday night. The strike was said to have included elements of the air force, artillery, and air defense systems. Russia has alleged that the strikes occurred in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk regions, and the port of Mykolaiv; resulting in the destruction of 16 Ukrainian military facilities containing five command posts, three ammunition warehouses, and a fuel depot. A notable strike occurred in the western city of Lviv, where missile strikes killed at least 7 people and injured 11 others. According to CNN, the Lviv strike consisted of three missiles targeting warehouses and a fourth hitting a tire repair shop.

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April 17th, 2022

  • NL Times: According to the Dutch Ministry of Defense, a Patriot unit from the Netherlands is arriving in Slovakia for NATO’s air and missile defense mission. The Netherlands, Germany, and the US have committed to strengthening Slovakia’s air defenses after Slovakia gave its Soviet-era S-300 air defense system to Ukraine. The Patriot unit will remain in Slovakia for six months and consists of a 150-person crew capable of intercepting ballistic missiles, helicopters, and airplanes. The Netherlands has possessed the Patriot system since 1987 and has deployed it in Turkey and Israel in previous operations.

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April 15th, 2022

  • The Times of Israel: Russia struck the Vizar plant with five sea-based long-range missiles in the southwestern suburbs of Kyiv. The Vizar military-industrial complex site has been responsible for the manufacturing of Neptune cruise missiles, which had recently been used to sink the Russian Moskva. 

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April 11th, 2022

  • CNN: Two Iskander short-range ballistic missiles struck a train station in Kramatorsk, Ukraine killing at least 50 people and injuring 98 people. According to Ukrainian officials, the train station was being used by civilians to flee the war-torn areas of the country. The eastern city of Kramatorsk was one of the first targets of the Russian military when the invasion began and its train station has been evacuating civilians since late February. 

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April 8th, 2022

  • VOA News: Slovakia has sent their S-300 air defense system to Ukraine in an attempt to combat the onslaught of Russian air and missile strikes. The S-300 had been inherited by Slovakia after the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993.  

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April 4th, 2022

  • INSIDER: Experts believe that the UK-made Starstreak air defense system was used to down a Russian Mi-28N attack helicopter over the Luhansk region of Ukraine. The Starstreak is a highly portable MANPAD short-range air defense system that is rumored to be the fastest short-range surface-to-air missile in the world, hitting speed above Mach 3. The UK agreed to begin sending Starstreak systems to Ukraine in mid-March.

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March 27th, 2022

  • Daily Mail: Russian Kalibr cruise missile strikes were reported to have hit strategic positions, including oil and petrol depots, across Lutsk, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, Rivne, and Kyiv. In Lutsk, two missile strikes occurred within 15 minutes of each other, around 10:30 pm setting fire to a major oil depot. The initial two strikes were followed by several more missile strikes that targeted oil and fuel tankers as well as factories used for repairing tanks, anti-aircraft systems, and radar equipment, later confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry. In Kyiv, the St. Sophia Cathedral which is located close to the city center was also struck by missile strikes. 

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  • Miami Herald: Rocket and missile struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, nearly a week after the last Lviv missile strike that hit an aircraft repair center. The city has become a refugee center for around 200,000 people who fled other parts of Ukraine. The first missile strike of Saturday involved two rockets that hit an industrial area, injuring five people. A second strike deployed three explosions just outside the city affecting an oil facility and factory connected to the Ukrainian military. 

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March 24th, 2022

  • Reuters: According to three U.S. officials with intelligence on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian precision-guided missiles are failing up to 60% of the time. One official estimated that Russia’s missile failure rate varies day-to-day, depending on the type of missile being launched, and could sometimes exceed 50%. Other estimates predict a range of failures between 20% and 60% depending on the day. 

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March 23rd, 2022

  • New York Times: The White House has assembled a team of national security officials, the Tiger Team, that is tasked with creating contingency plans for the United States and its allies if Russia decides to utilize its chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Additionally, the Tiger Team is examining responses to possible Russian attacks on NATO territory or convoys that deliver aid to Ukraine. Specific attention is also given to responses to an extension of the war into neighboring nations such as Moldova and Georgia. The contingency plans are likely to be highly important for the upcoming extraordinary session of NATO leaders on Thursday in Brussels. 

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March 20th, 2022

  • The Guardian: Russia has reported that it has used its Kinzhal hypersonic missile twice over the last week, marking the first combat use of the next-generation weapon. The first strike occurred on Saturday, March 19th when a Kinzhal struck an underground missile and munitions storage site in western Ukraine. The second strike destroyed a fuel depot near Mykolaiv on Sunday, March 20th. Kinzhal hypersonic missiles are designed to be launched from MiG fighter jets and possess the ability to conduct mid-air maneuvers to avoid interception.  For a video of the Kinzhal strikes, click here.

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March 18th, 2022

  • The Hill: Russian missiles hit the city of Lviv in western Ukraine on Friday as Russia steps up its assault on the country more than three weeks after the invasion began. No one was reported killed, but the missiles destroyed an aircraft maintenance facility, Andiy Sadoby, the mayor of the city, stated, according to Reuters. For a video detailing images of the attacks in Lviv, Kyiv, and Mariupol, click here.

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March 16th, 2022

  • Department of Defense: President Biden signed an order to transfer $800 million worth of equipment to help the people of Ukraine against the Russian invasion. The transfer includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 Javelins, 1,000 anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 At-4 anti-armor systems. The package also includes 100 tactical unmanned aerial systems known as Switchblades. Lastly, the transfer will provide hundreds of small arms, ammunition, and armor sets for soldiers. 

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March 14th, 2022

  • US intelligence officials have identified that Russian ballistic missile fires have been utilizing decoys to disrupt attempts to jam or intercept missile strikes. The decoys are deployed from the 9K720 Iskander-M’s solid-fuel 9M723 ballistic missile and have been reported to carry up to six of these decoys in small tubes at the base of the missile body. According to the US officials, the decoys possess the ability to use two kinds of countermeasures to missile defense: a jammer that disrupts radar frequency and a strong heat source to spoof infrared-guided interceptors.  

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  • BBC: At least 35 people died in the strike on the Yavoriv training base, near a major crossing point into Poland used by refugees from the conflict. Russia fired around 30 cruise missiles at the base, outside the city of Lviv, early Sunday, the local governor said. Hours after the attack, ambulances were still rushing to the scene. Roads leading to the facility were blocked with checkpoints and authorities were conducting search-and-rescue operations. Russian jets fired around 30 cruise missiles at the site, also known as the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, authorities in Lviv said. Most, though, were intercepted by the air defense system.

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March 13th, 2022

  • The Guardian: Russia drew warnings from Nato on Sunday after it escalated its war in Ukraine with strikes on a major military base close to the alliance’s border, killing at least 35 people and injuring 134 more, while a US journalist was killed by Russian forces in a town outside Kyiv. The airstrikes on the Yavoriv base in the far-west of Ukraine came hours after the Kremlin, which said western military equipment destined for Ukrainian forces was being stored at the facility, had described western supply lines into Ukraine as “legitimate targets”. A Russian military spokesperson claimed that up to 180 “foreign mercenaries and a large consignment of foreign weapons” were destroyed in the attack.

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March 12th, 2022

The Drive: With Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine going far from as was expected, statements made today by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, have officially put the U.S. and its allies on notice that any weapons shipments into Ukraine will be viewed as legitimate targets and potentially attacked as such. “We warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from a number of countries is not just a dangerous move, it is a move that turns these convoys into legitimate targets,” Ryabkov told state television. He went on, warning “about the consequences of the thoughtless transfer to Ukraine of weapons like man-portable air defense systems, anti-tank missile systems, and so on.” So far, arms shipments into Ukraine have gone on without much interference. It is understood that they occur almost exclusively over land, but it appears Ukrainian airlifters have been involved, as well, at least earlier in the war. U.S. officials and President Zelensky had commented in the past that these supply lines have remained open, which have been a critical lifeline for Ukraine’s defense. In recent days, shipments have sped up, with the U.S., in particular, pushing as much materiel into the country as it can, likely out of concern that Russia could soon move to more actively interdict the shipments.

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March 11th, 2022

  • The Guardian: Russia-Ukraine war latest news: Ukraine at ‘strategic turning point’, claims Zelenskiy, as Russian airstrikes hit three cities. Speaking outdoors in a street with a Ukrainian flag in the background, the Ukrainian leader said: “It is impossible to say how many days we still have to free Ukrainian land. But we can say we will do it. For we have already reached a strategic turning point. We are already moving towards our goal, our victory.” He added: “Ukrainians are proud people who always defend their land, and will not give the occupier a single piece of this land.”

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  • Congress passes billions in aid money to Ukraine. Congress passed $13.6 billion in humanitarian aid money for Ukraine and allies as part of a larger spending package that received bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday.

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  • Russia hits Ukraine’s central city Dnipro with missile strikes. Three Russian airstrikes early Friday in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro killed at least one person and hit near a kindergarten building and an apartment complex. Ukraine warned last weekend that Russian forces were starting to encircle Dnipro, which has a population of about one million people, Reuters reported. The city is a major industrial hub and Ukraine’s fourth-largest city.

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March 10th, 2022

  • BBC News: The first round of talks between the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine has failed to yield progress on a ceasefire, Ukraine says. Speaking after the meeting in Turkey, Dmytro Kuleba said that the demands his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had made amounted to a surrender. Mr. Lavrov meanwhile said his country’s military operation was going to plan. The talks come after Russia bombed a children’s hospital, which Ukraine said was a “war crime”. Officials say three people including a child died in the attack in the south-eastern city of Mariupol. Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago and more than 2.3 million people have since fled the country.

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March 9th, 2022

  • Stars and Stripes: Two U.S. Patriot missile batteries have been dispatched to Poland, U.S. European Command said Wednesday, bolstering defenses in a country where thousands of additional U.S. troops have deployed since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago. “This defensive deployment is being conducted proactively to counter any potential threat to U.S. and Allied forces and NATO territory,” Capt. Christina Judd, a EUCOM spokeswoman, said in a statement. EUCOM’s Gen. Tod Wolters directed the Patriot batteries from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, headquartered at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany, to an operational site in Poland. It wasn’t immediately clear where in Poland the batteries were being sent.

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  • CNBC: Ukraine says Russia bombed children’s hospital; Chornobyl nuclear plant disconnected from the grid.

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March 8th, 2022

  • Politico: Russia has sent nearly 100 percent of the forces it pre-staged outside Ukraine into the country and has launched more than 625 missiles since the start of the invasion (senior U.S. defense official). “The enemy is demoralized and exhausted. His plans for a blitzkrieg, a change of government and Ukraine’s foreign policy have been thwarted.” (Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces). Russia is probably attacking Ukraine’s communications infrastructure to reduce citizens’ access to reliable news and information (U.K. Ministry of Defense)

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  • US News: Russian President Vladimir Putin has now committed nearly all the forces he had amassed on the borders of Ukraine in the lead-up to Russia’s invasion, but a lack of advance on the ground in recent days has led to an increased bombardment of several Ukrainian cities from the air. Beyond southern areas of Ukraine, the Russian troops have not made “a lot of progress, at least over the course of the last couple of days,” a senior U.S. defense official told reporters on background Monday. Even so, Russia has now launched more than 625 missiles at Ukraine – with cities such as Kharkiv and the capital of Kyiv getting hit especially hard, according to the Pentagon. “It appears as though the Russians are increasing their use of long-range fires to supplement or to make up for the lack of ground movements that they have had and the lack of air superiority that they don’t enjoy,” the official added, noting that the air space above Ukraine is still contested.

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  • The Guardian: As of the 12th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the UN confirmed in a statement on Monday it had recorded 406 civilian deaths and 801 injuries as a result of the conflict. On Sunday, hundreds of civilians had gathered near a bridge in Irpin while attempting to flee the town. It is believed that eight people were killed during Russian shelling, the mayor of Irpin, Oleksandr Markushyn, said on Sunday. In a statement made on Telegram, Markushyn wrote: “A family died in front of my eyes. Two small children and two adults died.”

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March 7th, 2022

  • Associated Press: The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine deepened Monday as Russian forces intensified their shelling and food, water, heat and medicine grew increasingly scarce, in what the country condemned as a medieval-style siege by Moscow to batter it into submission. A third round of talks between the two sides ended with a top Ukrainian official saying there had been minor, unspecified progress toward establishing safe corridors that would allow civilians to escape the fighting. Russia’s chief negotiator said he expects those corridors to start operating Tuesday. But that remained to be seen, given the failure of previous attempts to lead civilians to safety amid the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II.

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March 6th, 2022

  • The Week: Since the start of its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Russia has fired 600 missiles, a senior U.S. defense official told CNN on Sunday. About 95 percent of Russia’s amassed combat power is now inside Ukraine, the official said, with Russian troops fighting Ukrainian forces in Kherson and Mykolaiv and attempting to encircle Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Mariupol. At this time, the official added, it’s believed that “the Ukrainian people in most parts of the country still have means of communication, access to internet and the media.” The official also told CNN the skies above Kyiv are contested and there are no indications that an amphibious assault near Odessa is imminent. When asked about claims that Russian forces are firing on protesters in Kyiv, the official said they could not corroborate the reports.

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  • Fox News: At least eight Russian missiles struck the city of Vinnytsia, Ukrainian officials said Sunday, again calling for Western forces to close the skies over Ukraine on the 11th day of war. In a video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the “brutal, cynical missile strike has completely destroyed the airport” in Vinnytsia, a large city in west-central Ukraine located far from the front line. He described the city as “peaceful” and as having “never posed a threat to Russia in any way.”

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  • Politico: Russian forces intensified shelling of cities in Ukraine’s center, north and south, a Ukrainian official said, as a second attempt to evacuate besieged civilians collapsed. With the Ukrainian leader urging his people to take to the streets to fight, Russian President Vladimir Putin shifted blame for the invasion, saying Moscow’s attacks could be halted “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities.” The outskirts of Kyiv, Chernihiv in the north, Mykolaiv in the south, and Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, faced stepped-up shelling late Sunday, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said. Heavy artillery hit residential areas in Kharkiv and shelling damaged a television tower, according to local officials. The attacks dashed hopes that more people could escape the fighting in Ukraine, where Russia’s plan to quickly overrun the country has been stymied by fierce resistance. Russia has made significant advances in southern Ukraine and along the coast, but many of its efforts have become stalled, including an immense military convoy that has been almost motionless for days north of Kyiv.

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March 5th, 2022

  • The White House: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke this evening with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden highlighted the ongoing actions undertaken by the United States, its Allies and partners, and private industry to raise the costs on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine. In particular, he welcomed the decision this evening by Visa and Mastercard to suspend service in Russia. President Biden noted his administration is surging security, humanitarian, and economic assistance to Ukraine and is working closely with Congress to secure additional funding. President Biden reiterated his concern about the recent Russian attack on a Ukrainian nuclear power plant, and he commended the skill and bravery of the Ukrainian operators who have kept the reactors in safe condition. The leaders also discussed the recent talks between Russia and Ukraine.

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March 4th, 2022

  • AP News: Last night, Ukrainian officials announced that Russian forces took control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after shelling started a fire that alarmed nuclear watchdogs. Concern of a nuclear disaster faded after the fire was able to be put out early Friday morning. Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and according to President Zelensky, damage to the reactors is, “the end for everyone, the end for Europe.” Rafeal Grossi, director general of the IAEA announced that buildings next to the power plants’ six reactors were struck by shelling and there has been no release of radioactive material. 

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March 3rd, 2022

  • Financial Times: Russia’s strategy has shifted in recent days as to further escalate the use of devastating missile and artillery barrages. With this the level of civilian casualties has risen drastically. Along with missiles strikes Kyiv and Kharkiv on Wednesday, missiles were used to strike targets in the town of Zhytomyr, a town that hosts a Ukrainian air base west of Kyiv. Russian BM-21 Grad rockets, which have been used in bombardments of residential areas of Kharkiv, have been spotted in the convoy transitioning to Kyiv. Additionally, it has been reported that Russia has deployed launcher systems for thermobaric bombs that are designed to pull in large amounts of oxygen to create particularly intense explosions. 

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  • Reuters: The German economic ministry has approved supplying 2,700 Strela anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine. According to the German news agency, DPA, the Strelas are ready to be transported but are waiting for a final approval from the Federal Security Council. This shipment of Strelas would add to the 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger MANPADS that Germany announced it would ship on Saturday. 

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  • Financial Times: According to the UN refugee agency, the number of refugees fleeing war torn Ukraine has doubled in the last week, hitting over 1 million. More than half of the refugees have entered Poland, Hungary, and Moldova, 

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March 2nd, 2022

  • NPR: For the first time since the beginning of the invasion, the Russian Defense Ministry stated casualties in Ukraine include 498 Russian troops along with 1,597 that have been injured. The spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry also announced that 2,870 Ukrainian troops have been killed, 3,700 injured and 572 captured. All numbers remain unverified as Ukrainian estimates have far exceeded the newly released Russian numbers. 

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  • New York Times: In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, airstrikes and shelling have continued to pummel critical infrastructure and civilian areas as Kharkiv officials have announced at least 20 have been killed and 125 have been injured since Saturday. Two missile strikes landed directly in front of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration building, killing at least 7 and injuring 24. Around 8 am local time, a missile strike damaged a Kharkiv National University building, the police headquarters and the office of the National Security Service on Wednesday. Artillery shelling and airstrikes have also hit at least 5 other residential and commercial areas of Kharkiv. 

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  • CNN: The Swedish Air Force carried out an emergency operation using its Jas 39 Gripen fighter aircraft on Wednesday after two Russian Su-27s and two Russian Su-24s violated Swedish airspace. Sweden banned Russian aviation over its territory on Monday, February 28th. 

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  • New York Times: On Wednesday, Kherson became the first major city to fall under full control of Russian forces. Kherson, which lies just north of Crimea, was first attacked by Russian troops on Friday where they met heavy resistance from Ukrainian defenders. Ukrainian troops are now retreating from the Black Sea port of Kherson to another port city in Odessa. Additionally, about 260 miles east of Kherson, Russian troops have encircled the port city of Mariupol and are engaged in bombarding the critical infrastructure and civilian targets, according to the Institute for the Study of War.

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  • CNN: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the US has canceled a planned test of the Minute Man III intercontinental ballistic missile. Pentagon spokesperson, John Kirby said during a briefing that the US military is postponing its Minute Man III test to demonstrate that the US is a “responsible nuclear power” and does not want take any action that could be “misunderstood or misconstrued” during the heightened tensions with Russia.

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March 1st, 2022

  • New York Times: Kyiv’s main radio and TV tower was hit by an explosive projectile. At least two other explosions occurred shortly after in the nearby area. The identity of the projectile has not been reported. The lattice of the tower remains intact despite damages to the communications hardware which has resulted in temporary blockage of television channels. 

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  • BBC: Images analyzed from the McKenzie Intelligence Services have revealed that the reported 40 mile long convoy of Russian armored vehicles is actually a series of logistical packets strung out along roadways that are linking up Russian units on the northern outskirts of Kyiv. The image analysis also revealed the convoy, which mainly consists of logistical vehicles alongside tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, appeared to be hampered by disabled or broken vehicles. 

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  • AP News: A 40-mile convoy of hundreds of Russian tanks and other vehicles are advancing on Kyiv at the same time forces are pressing near the strategic ports of Mariupol and Odessa. In Kharkiv, Human Rights Watch said it documented the use of a Russia cluster bomb outside a hospital in the recent days. The Kremlin has denied using such weapons and no independent sources have confirmed the reports as of now. 

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  • New York Times: At least 449,000 refugees have reportedly fled Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion. A majority of refugees, 281,000 of them, have crossed the western border into Poland, while others have entered Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and other European nations. Another 129,000 have been displaced from Eastern Ukraine into Russian territory since February 18th. Ukraine enacted marital law at the start of the conflict which requires men ages 18 to 60 to remain in Ukraine. 

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  • Reuters: Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, came under heavy rocket barrages on the sixth day since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Rocket strikes reportedly killed at least 10 people and injured 35, as similar strikes killed and wounded dozens the previous day. 
    • President Zelensky claimed the artillery and rocket barrages on Kharkiv amounted to state terrorism. Russian armored columns north fo Kyiv have failed to take the capital city, and have not gained control of a single major Ukrainian city throughout the 6 days of the invasion.

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February 28th, 2022

  • Politico: Per a senior US defense official, Russia has launched at least 380 missiles into Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion. A Ukrainian military chief has cited that as of February 28th, Russia has launched 113 Iskander and Kalibr missiles during the invasion. So far, estimates predict that Russia has committed 75% of its amassed troops to the invasion force.

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  • The Moscow Times: The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed on Monday that it had established “total air superiority” over Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said they have destroyed the following Ukrainian systems in the past 24 hours: 
    • 8 Buk M-1 air defense systems
    • 1 S-300 missile system
    • 3 radars
    • 5 aircraft 
  • Monday marks the fifth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the operation Russia’s defense ministry has claimed to have hit 1,114 Ukrainian military infrastructure facilities, that include:
    • 31 command posts and communications centers
    • 314 tanks and other armored vehicles
    • 57 multiple launch rocket systems
    • 121 field artillery pieces and mortars

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February 27th, 2022

  • USA Today: The United States approved the delivery of anti-aircraft Stinger missiles to Ukraine on Sunday. The exact logistics and timing of the delivery is not known. The decision comes shortly after Germany announced it would send 500 Stinger missiles along with other weapons to Ukraine. Estonia has been providing Ukraine with Stingers with US permission, since early January. 

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  • CBS News: President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear deterrent forces to be put on alert on Sunday. The move is intended to a prepare and increase readiness to launch nuclear weapons. 

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February 26th, 2022

  • New York Times: A residential apartment building in southwestern Kyiv was struck with a cruise missile on Saturday morning. Immediate reports cited at least a dozen people injured due to the blast.

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  • AP News: Two Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes were shot down over the span of Friday and Saturday. One was downed near Bila Tserkva, 50 miles south of Kyiv, and the other near Vasylkiv, 25 miles south of Kyiv. Both were claimed to be carrying Russian paratroopers when shot down. 

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February 25th, 2022

  • New York Times: As of Friday, heavy shelling, airstrikes and missile strikes have hit at least 25 targeted cities, airports and military installations across Ukraine. Some notable cities target by shelling include Kyiv, Lutsk, Kharkiv, Odessa, Kherson, and Mariupol. 

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  • Jeff Seldin/VOA News: Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov states in a video that forces has disabled 19 Ukrainian S-300 and Osa SA-8 Gecko anti-aircraft missile systems, along with 39 radar stations

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  • New York Times: Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky has reported that 137 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed since the invasion began on Thursday. The United Nations has reported a lower casualty count but has noted that any numbers are likely underestimates of the actual figures.

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  • CNN: According to a US defense official, the US has observed at least 200 total missile launches since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The official added that the barrage was a mix of ballistic and cruise missiles, primarily launched from terrestrial systems and aircraft.

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  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense: As of 3:00 pm local time, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense have claimed that the invading forces have suffered the following losses:
    • Up to 80 tanks
    • 516 various types of armored combat vehicles 
    • 10 Aircraft
    • 7 Helicopters

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  • New York Times: Missile strikes beginning early Friday morning continued through the morning on the capital city of Kyiv. According to the mayor of Kyiv, debris struck a residential building injuring at least three people. 

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February 24th, 2022

  • The Drive: The military operation that began at 5:00 AM local time this morning involved an initial wave of standoff missile attacks launched from land, sea, and air. The Drive has identified the use of the following land-attack cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, as well as other air-launched standoff missiles:
    • 3M14 Kalibr
    • 9K720 Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles
    • 9M723 Iskander-M ballsitic missiles
    • 9M728 Iskander-K cruise missile
    • Tochka/SS-21 Scarab mobile short-range ballistic missile
    • Kh-31P supersonic anti-radiation missile

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  • Amanda Macias/CNBC News: A senior Defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, says that the Pentagon now believes Russian forces have lobbed more than 160 missiles into Ukraine.

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  • Reuters: Regional authorities of Ukraine’s southern Odessa region said on Thursday that 18 people were killed in a missile attack
    • At least six people were killed in Ukraine’s town of Brovary, located near the capital of Kyiv, authorities from the town said. 

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  • CBS News: Ukrainian officials announced the country’s military was fighting to repel a “full-scale invasion” by Russia on at least three fronts. Shelling began early Thursday morning after Putin declared a “special military operation” focused on the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine. 
    • U.S. officials have stated that the initial Russian barrage included over 100 missiles from both land and sea against targets at around 4:30 am local time. The barrage include short- and medium- range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and surface-to-air missiles.
    • In addition, at least 75 fixed-wing Russian bombers were utilized to target military depots and Ukrainian air defense and air defense systems.

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  • New York Times: In addition to the more than 100 medium- and short-range ballistic missiles, Russia has used sea-launched missiles from warships in the Black Sea. 
    • Notable locations that have been targeted by Russian missiles and airstrikes include: Mariupol, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Kherson, Odessa, Dnipro, as well as at least 10 airports and airfields across the country.   

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February 22th, 2022

  • Military Times: US attack helos, F-35w and infantry heading to Baltics amid Ukraine invasion
    • Joining the 6,000 troops already activated in Germany, Poland and Hungary, the Defense Department announced Tuesday that a spate of combat aircraft and infantry troops will head to the Baltics and Poland .
    • Notable air defense movements include up to eight F-35 strike fighters from Germany to the Baltics, as well as an unspecified location on NATO’s southeastern flank.

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February 19th, 2022 

  • CNN: Russia conducted nuclear and conventional weapons drills with Belarus over the 19th and 20th of February. According to Putin’s press office, ballistic and cruise missile exercises included: 
    • Kinzhal hypersonic missiles
    • Kalibr cruise missiles and Zirkon hypersonic missiles launched from ships and submarines 
    • Iskander land-based cruise missiles
    • Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles
    • Air-launhced cruise missiles from Tu-95m strategic bombers
    • Sineva ballistic missiles launched from submarine Karelia 

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