Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his country’s fate is being decided right now, as Russian forces close in on Kyiv. Journalist Joe Federman of the Associated Press reports from Ukraine’s capital on the escalating anxiety and chaos, and the resistance among Ukrainians.
As Russian forces advance toward Kyiv, thousands of civilians are frantically trying to escape Ukraine. Crystal Goomansingh explains how the exit strategy isn’t easy, and where some people are finding shelter.
Meanwhile, NATO has activated its rapid response force for the first time to protect allies near Russia and Ukraine. Jackson Proskow explains what the group is promising Ukraine, the measures that allies are firm on avoiding, and the growing push for tougher sanctions against the Kremlin.
Canada is also ramping up its response to Ukraine and has unveiled even more sanctions against Russia. David Akin explains the targets of these new measures, and the new support for people fleeing Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next moves are being watched closely, as he looks for a swift victory over Ukraine. Eric Sorensen explains how the Kremlin’s actions may already be backfiring, why Putin sees Ukraine’s growing democracy as a threat, and how Ukraine is putting up a tougher resistance than expected.
Also, Russia has been hit with sanction after sanction before and after its invasion of Ukraine, but its critical energy sector has been left unscathed. Heather Yourex-West explains why the West won’t punish Russia’s oil industry.
And despite seemingly impossible odds of resisting Russia’s vast military, many Ukrainians are still unwilling to yield in the face of an overwhelming invasion. Dawna Friesen looks at how civilians and soldiers alike are standing their ground.
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