Russian forces are continuing their assault on Ukraine, and more people are having to make tough decisions.

By Peyton Pitman, Editor-in-Chief

Imagine sirens ringing out around you as missiles begin firing everywhere you look. A simple glance out the window, and you’re met with fire and destruction as cries are being heard from family, friends, and neighbors. What do you do?

According to the New York Times, the U.N predicted that “10 million Ukrainians — roughly a quarter of the population — could be displaced.”

Underground train stations and shelters are being used as bomb shelters and are getting more packed by the minute. Some people can be seen in photos released online carrying next to nothing in terms of belongings. However, a common theme among Ukrainian people is pets. Many citizens are pictured hugging dogs, holding cat carriers, and even keeping their bunnies or other furry friends close. 

Many businesses are now suspending all operations with Russia to support Ukraine, and others have expressed their desire to continue supplying Russian products but donating every penny to Ukrainian relief. 

While relief is not yet with them, a cease-fire was called on early Saturday in order to let civilians escape the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, but it didn’t last long, and the bombing resumed soon after. According to NPR, a meeting between Russian officials and Ukrainian officials will be held to discuss another possible cease-fire to give more time for civilians to leave. That meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 7, 2022.

As we take in the news between Russia and Ukraine, I leave you with three points to remember. One, it is important to keep listening and staying aware of what’s going on in the news. Two, Russian people are not to be blamed; the woman owning a Russian grocery store in downtown Indianapolis did not cause the war. Finally, keep your thoughts and prayers with Ukraine as they navigate this difficult time. 

If you want to assist in Ukrainian support, here is a list of a few organizations looking for assistance: UNICEF, Voices of Children, Sunflower of Peace, UN Refugee Agency, CARE, and the International Medical Corps.