Everything you need to know about the Ukrainian-Russian Conflict



This aerial picture shows a man riding his bicycle past a burned Russian armoured vehicle, in the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 1, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Who: Russia (President Vladimir Putin), Ukraine (President Volodymyr Zelenskyy)

What: Putin has been building up military forces along the Ukrainian border for months, then invaded eastern Ukraine and has raged into a war

When: February 24, 2022

Where: Europe, Eurasia

Why: Long history of conflict due to Ukraine declaring independence and rejoining the Soviet Union, Putin wanted to take over the Ukrainian government and unite it with Russia

How: Military action including attacks on Eastern Seaports, aligning themselves with Russian backed separatists, and surrounding Ukraine’s capital Kyiv

Impact on Ukraine: Major devastation and destruction, major civilian casualties and refugees

Impact on Russia: Sanctions from the United States, European Union and G7, Russian propaganda affecting citizens, setbacks at Ukraine’s border for the Russian military

Impact on the US: Due to the sanctions, prices have skyrocketed for everyday items such as oil and increasing food prices

Future Impacts: Increasing risk of a wider European conflict, tougher sanctions on Russia, attempts to get justice for Russia’s war crimes

NATO Alliance: Has sent military forces ready for combat and established battlegrounds in eastern and southeastern Europe, providing huge amounts of equipment and weapons to Ukraine, has not established a no-fly zone requested by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy due to fear of direct combat with Russia turning into a regional war and potentially World War III

Casualties: 2,685

Number of Refugees: over 4.1 million

Ways to stay informed:

Russia Ukraine War News LIVE UPDATES

NATO Alliance Explained

Global Conflict Tracker – Conflict in Ukraine

Why has Russia invaded Ukraine?

Ways to help Ukraine:

UNICEF – provides education, safe drinking water, nutrition, sanitation and protection for children and their families in the Ukraine conflict

Doctors Without Borders – works with local volunteers, national health care professionals and organizations to provide health care facilities for those in Ukraine or fleeing

Voices of Children – a Ukrainian organization that provides psychological/trauma aid to children affected by the conflict

All organizations were found in this article as well as many more organizations to choose from and donate to.

NOTE: All information in this article was last updated on April 7, 2022.