Thursday was Day 1 of the first major land war in Europe in decades. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a grim, unsettling development and one that has, rightfully, eclipsed the local stories typically highlighted in this newsletter.
So today I’ll be sharing some links and resources that hopefully will provide you with some context for what’s happening in Europe and how it could affect us here in California.
First, if you’re still trying to wrap your head around the situation in Ukraine, I recommend this explainer from The New York Times. If you’re already up to speed, these maps tracking the invasion can help you keep up with the latest.
To recap what has happened so far: On Thursday, Russia invaded Ukraine, ignited battles that left dozens dead and seized the former power plant at Chernobyl. Early Friday, videos verified by The Times showed a large explosion in the sky over the outskirts of southern Kyiv, the capital.
the U.S. sanctions announced on Thursday will persuade him to pull back.
The attacks on Ukraine are upsetting for anyone watching from the United States, but particularly for those of Ukrainian descent. More than 90,000 Californians claim Ukrainian ancestry, about 15 percent of the nation’s total Ukrainian population, according to 2019 American Community Survey data.
Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area — that are raising money or gathering in local churches to pray.
Irina Hetman, who lives in Southern California, told ABC7 that she feared for her 38-year-old son who serves in the Ukrainian armed forces. He has a young daughter and is currently stationed in the country’s eastern region, which is under attack.