It’s been less than a week since Russian troops invaded Ukraine. In that short time, President Vladimir Putin has made significant headway.
The first major Ukrainian city has fallen after Russian troops captured Kherson Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported. The strategic port city near the Black Sea is one of several being bombarded by Russian weapons.
“There is no Ukrainian army here,” the Ukrainian city’s Mayor Ihor Kolykhaev said. “The city is surrounded.”
The port city of Mariupol has also been under relentless attack. The city’s mayor Serhiy Orlov called it a “near humanitarian catastrophe” happening in Mariupol.”The Russian army is working through all their weapons here — artillery, multiple rocket launch systems, airplanes, tactical rockets,” Orlov said.
“They are trying to destroy the city.” The mayor said Putin’s forces were picking off parts of infrastructure like water and power that were having a severe impact on citizens there.
“We cannot count the number of victims here, but we believe at least hundreds of people are dead,” Orlov said. “We cannot go in to retrieve the bodies. My father lives there. I cannot reach him. I don’t know if he is alive or dead.”
Russian missiles have rained down on the capital city, Kyiv, and on the second-largest city of Kharkiv. Some reports coming from the ground have alleged that Russia is using weapons prohibited by international law.
“We have seen videos of Russian forces moving exceptionally lethal weaponry into Ukraine, which has no place on the battlefield,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield claimed. “That includes cluster munitions and vacuum bombs, which are banned under the Geneva Convention.”
The situation is deteriorating in Ukraine as Russian forces overtake the nation. It’s unclear what the end game will be for Putin, but it’s clear that the people of Ukraine will need help in the meantime.