Updates from Ukraine via an OVN close contact in Lviv

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Russian troops launched a wide-range attack from land, air and sea at three separate points including from Russia, Belarus and Crimea on Feb. 24 against Ukraine. 

A close contact from the Ojai Valley News, Nykyta, in western Ukraine from Lviv this morning, provided an update to the ongoing crisis:

“Hi guys, 

Russia’s army wasn’t prepared for the war and our furious responses. They have a lot of casualties. 

But we do as well, even civilian ones and even hospitals were attacked. 

It’s getting crazy..

You could share the info with friends and family via Facebook or whatever way. 

With these type of activity in the internet or in offline, the Politics would have to be address do something. 

Right now, there is very little help for other countries. 

And we are defending from this blitzkrieg. 

Protests would help push them to do something instead of useless sanctions that do little to nothing effect.

Here are some hashtags of the help we really need:

#BanRussiaFromSwift #CloseTheSky #SendNatoToUkraine

That would be a great help, and I will be in your debt,


The United Kingdom’s chief of defense intelligence confirmed Feb. 25 “Russia continues to conduct strikes across Ukraine. Overnight, Russia launched a concerted series of strikes on targets in Kyiv. Multiple rocket launchers have been employed in Chernihiv and Kharlkiv,” he said. 

Russian forces seized control of the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine yesterday, according to the agency that manages the area, as well as the small Ukrainian island of Zmiinyi in the Black Sea, according to Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service.

Sanctions imposed by the United States currently include export blocks on technology and on Russian banks. 

Additional requests for sanctions from Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky included the removal of Russia from the SWIFT financial messaging system. 

"We demand the disconnection of Russia from SWIFT," said President Zelensky on Thursday. 

For the first time ever, NATO has activated its 40,000 combat-ready NATO response force in response to Russia's invasion, with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Tod Wolters confirming the activation of land, air, sea and special operations forces from the allies. 

The activation of the response troops does not mean that any US or NATO troops will go into Ukraine.

Further updates are pending.


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