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The War in Ukraine – Chapter 5: The Destruction of Irpin

This is a series of posts about my experience in Poland and Ukraine during the Russian military invasion and attempted takeover of Ukraine in 2022. Irpin is a quiet and modern city north of Kyiv. I had visited Irpin before the war and it was a great place. The buildings were new, the parks were nice, and I spent some time in the refugee center with Ukrainian refugees. Russia actually began its invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and throughout all that time, Ukrainians had their homes destroyed. This invasion was limited though to the Donbas region in the far east of the country, bordering Russia. In any case, some refugees had resettled in the peaceful and quiet city of Irpin. Stories in the captions.

By |2022-08-06T02:29:51-04:00|News, World Stories Journal|

The War in Ukraine – Chapter 4: The Parking Lot

This is a series of posts about my experience in Poland and Ukraine during the Russian military invasion and attempted takeover of Ukraine in 2022.

Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is in the north center of the country. When the Russians began their invasion, they intended on a quick takeover of the capital with a blitzkrieg style invasion from the Belarusian border and the northern Russian border. They were so convinced that they could take control in a matter of days that their soldiers packed food for three days and brought their dress uniforms to wear for an expected victorious military parade down streets of the Ukrainian capital. Let’s just say that didn’t pan out. As the Russian helicopters flew into Ukraine with units of Russian Spetznaz, several were shot down. The ones that managed to land in the Gostomel airport outside of Kyiv were quickly engaged in shootouts and killed. The best of the best of the Russian military died

By |2022-08-07T04:19:48-04:00|News, World Stories Journal|

The War in Ukraine – Chapter 3: Makariv, Ukraine

This is a series of posts about my experience in Poland and Ukraine during the Russian military invasion and attempted takeover of Ukraine in 2022.

The village of Makariv is just west of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. It was overrun by Russian forces in their attempt to take over. Battles ensued in this area and all the areas surrounding Kyiv until the Russian forces were defeated and then retreated to northern Belarus. They then repositioned to attack the eastern part of Ukraine. Stories in the captions.

By |2022-08-07T05:11:09-04:00|News, World Stories Journal|
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