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the invasion of Ukraine it lasted 100 days, with no end in sight as Russia and Ukraine continue to struggle for control of eastern Ukraine.
Russia claims it is conducting a “special operation” in the neighboring country and that the “operation” has had a significant impact on the Ukrainian people.
Nearly 15 million people have reportedly fielded their homes since the invasion began, according to the latest data of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Figures indicate that some 6.8 million Ukrainian residents have made their way to neighboring countries, while an estimated 8 million more remain displaced within the country itself.
The latest tally shows that 3,627,178 people went to Poland, 989,357 to Romania, 971,417 to Russia, 682,594 to Hungary, 479,513 to Moldova, 461,164 to Slovakia and 30,092 to Belarus. Those numbers continue to rise.
Most of the refugees are women and children, and all men between the ages of 18 and 60 have been ordered to stay and fight the invasion. An estimated 4,169 civilians were killed as a result of the conflict, with another 4,982 injured.
Humanitarian aid has entered Ukraine in the amount of 362 million dollars, but the total estimated cost is around 1.85 billion dollars. The World Bank Group has mobilized a $ 925 emergency funding package to support Ukraine, with a plan to provide over $ 3 billion in the coming months.
The United Nations can provide rough estimates of civilian casualties, but the number of combat fatalities on both sides of the conflict varies enormously depending on the source. The information was it proved to be an understandably vital and controversial element of the overall conflict, with Russia and Ukraine fighting for dominance of their narrative.
Both sides claimed to have killed tens of thousands of enemy fighters: Moscow claims its forces killed around 23,367 Ukrainian soldiers, while Kiev retorts that its troops killed around 30,850 Russian soldiers.
The counter-arguments are only fractions of those totals, with Kiev claiming to have lost between 2,500 and 3,000 soldiers while Moscow insists that only 1,351 Russian soldiers died in combat.
The BBC was only able to confirm 557 of those Russian casualties and said that Ukraine regularly includes the number of troops wounded in the casualties, which greatly increases them. Among the confirmed deaths the BBC counted a major general, seven colonels, a first-degree naval captain, nine lieutenant colonels, 20 majors and 70 junior officers, with the remainder holding non-commissioned officers or only with the rank of private.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also boasts a wide range of destroyed vehicles, including 210 aircraft, 175 helicopters, 1,363 tanks, 13 boats, 3,354 armored personnel vehicles, 2,325 vehicles and fuel tanks, 95 anti-aircraft warfare systems and 120 cruise missiles, according to the last (unverified) claim..
To strengthen Ukraine’s defenses, the United States announced a new spending package of $ 700 million in military aid, which includes funding for high-mobility artillery missile systems. The latest package adds to the already robust $ 4.6 billion in military assistance, which will soon pale in comparison to the $ 40 billion in aid signed by President Biden on May 21. That bill included $ 20 billion in military funding.
The latest bill included 1,000 shoulder-fired Javelin rockets, 50 command launch units, 6,000 anti-armor weapons and 15,000 155mm artillery rounds, as well as four helicopters and 15 tactical vehicles.
The staggering cost is evident in other areas as well, including extreme economic problems for Russian citizens. The World Bank has predicted that the Russian economy will shrink by around 11.2% in 2022, while the Ukrainian economy has already shrunk by around 45%.
Fighting and economic problems have threatened world food supplies like Russia and Ukraine together they represent about 30% of the world grain supply. Sanctions against Russia and the threat of further sanctions for aiding her have further hurt its trading partners as Central Asian countries struggle with the sudden loss of a major export destination.
The war thus proved unpopular in Russia as well. Russian supervisory body OVD Info had counted 15,446 people arrested during protests held across the country in the first weeks of the war, but the count stopped after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered harsh action against anyone who sought. to protest or denounce the war.
Dozhd, a major independent Moscow news broadcaster also known as TV Rain, operations suspended in early March after he continued to provide unfavorable cover for the invasion.
The station ended its final broadcast with a now familiar protest refrain, saying “No to war”.
Anders Hagstrom of Fox News contributed to this report.