Six months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in a “special military operation” – a mass invasion on a scale not seen in Europe since World War I. two.
The United Nations says 5,587 civilians have been killed and 7,890 wounded in the fighting that began on February 24, although that estimate is likely an understatement. The UN children’s agency said on Monday that at least 972 Ukrainian children have been killed or injured in half a year, but again, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said “we believe the number will much higher”.
As Russia attacked Ukrainian cities, millions flew in the fastest growing refugee crisis in generations. More than 6.6 million refugees have been recorded across Europe, mostly in neighboring countries, who have opened their arms.
The war is now centered mainly on eastern and southern Ukraine, where Kyiv has promised to retake the largest expropriated territory.