May 23, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news (2023)

12:03 a.m. ET, May 24, 2022

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11:37 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

Japan's Kishida says war in Ukraine puts extra emphasis on need for a "free and open Indo-Pacific"

May 23, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news (1)

In his opening remarks at the Quad Summit, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida highlighted the war in Ukraine as a major focus of the meeting.

"A grave incident which has fundamentally shaken the rule of law-based international order we value has happened since we met last September," Kishida said.

"(The) Russian invasion into Ukraine squarely challenges the principles which are enshrined in the United Nations Charter. We should never, ever allow a similar incident to happen in the Indo-Pacific. Because of the harsh reality unfolding, it is extremely significant for us to get together and show to the international society, the four countries' solidarity and our firm commitment toward a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific."

US President Joe Biden also condemned Russia's invasion in his opening remarks, pledging US support for Ukraine.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who has so far resisted condemning the Russian invasion or imposing sanctions on Moscow — did not mention the war in Ukraine during his opening comments. Instead, Modi emphasized the importance of "mutual cooperation."

"Despite the difficult circumstances of Covid-19, we have increased mutual coordination in several areas such as vaccine delivery, climate action, supply chain resilience, disaster response and economic cooperation," he said. "This will continue to strengthen the image of the Quad as a force for good."
11:09 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

"We’re navigating a dark hour in our shared history," Biden tells Quad Summit

From CNN's Betsy Klein

May 23, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news (2)

President Joe Biden made opening remarks to the Quad Summit on Tuesday in Tokyo, addressing the importance of the alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“We’re navigating a dark hour in our shared history,” Biden said as he sat facing the leaders of India, Australia and Japan.
“The Russian brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. And the innocent civilians have been killed in the streets and millions of refugees are internally displaced, as well as exiled. And this is more than just a European issue, it’s a global issue.”

Biden warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “trying to extinguish a culture,” pointing to Russia’s targeting of Ukrainian schools, churches and museums.

The US, he said, will continue its work with partners to “lead a global response.”

(Video) Ukraine Attack!! Special Forces fire anti-tank missiles on Russian T-80 tanks in Kharkiv

Russia’s invasion, Biden later added, “only heightens the importance” of the Quad’s goals and shared values.

“Fundamental principles of international order, territorial integrity and sovereignty, international law, human rights must always be defended, regardless of where they’re violated. So the Quad has a lot of work ahead of us,” he said.

The comments come as the White House has said Biden intends to speak during the summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- who has resisted US pressure to punish Russia -- about how to strengthen US-India ties, a suggestion he hopes to wean Delhi off its reliance on Russian-made arms.

Biden reiterated his belief that the world is at a “transformative moment” and a question of whether democracies can prevail over autocracies.

He commended Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s “extraordinary leadership” as he thanked his host.

Biden also welcomed and congratulated Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese -- who was sworn into office this week -- into the group of world leaders, joking that it was “okay” if he fell asleep during the summit.

“We greatly appreciate your commitment to being here so soon after taking office,” Biden said.

Follow CNN's live coverage of the Quad Summit here.

7:02 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

Ukraine's first lady launches national psychological support program

From CNN's Lauren Kent in Lviv

Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska announced Monday that she is launching a nationalpsychological support program, given the crisis of mental health and shock in Ukraine.

“None of the Ukrainians, neither an adult or child can be sure that they will wake up tomorrow,” Zelenska said in a video statement posted on social media.“All the things Ukrainians experienced in the occupation, at the front, at the bomb shelters, under shelling, abroad, they need rehabilitation just as the physically wounded.”

The Ukrainian government will "quickly" develop the mental health support program in partnership withWorld Health Organization, according to her statement.

“Russia’s war has shown horrors we could not have imagined,” Zelenska said.“WHO is committed to protecting the most crucial human rights — to life and health. Now they are both violated in Ukraine.”

She added that the country plans to set an example to strengthen global support for the psychological well-being of war survivors.

Kostan Nechyporenko contributed to this post.

(Video) Russia Ukraine war: Russian forces try to encircle key Ukrainian city
10:32 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

Former US soldier says he's faced the most intense fighting of his life in Ukraine

From CNN's Mick KreverandSam Kiley

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Kevin, a stocky American in his early 30s, climbs over the charred rubble of a former sauna and shines the light from his iPhone through the dust.

"We're not going to go any further, because this wire is intentionally tied off to something and then buried right here," he warns. "A lot of the Russians came back through some of these places and re-mined them, put [in] booby traps."

Kevin is part of a group of elite foreign special forces veterans, primarily American and British, who have enlisted to help the Ukrainian cause.

He says that back in March, the group spent four days in the health spa — they called it "the house from hell" — often just 50 meters from Russian troops. It was, he says, the furthest-forward Ukrainian-held position in Irpin, a suburb on the outskirts of Kyiv, as Russian forces tried to push on through to seize the capital.

The once-affluent suburb is now synonymous with alleged Russian war crimes — a pilgrimage site for visiting dignitaries who've beaten a path to its shell-scarred streets. Kevin says he and his men were among the first to witness attacks on Ukrainian civilians here.

Despite a former career as a top-level US counter-terrorism operative, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kevin says it is here in Ukraine that he has faced the most intense fighting of his life.

He says he and his new comrades-in-arms have implemented many of the guerrilla tactics that were used against the American military in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the insurgents now.

"Everything is much more decentralized," he explains. "Small group tactics is definitely a huge advantage here."

We are not using Kevin's full name because of the nature of his work in Ukraine.

"Being on this side now, and hearing their conversations on their radio — and them knowing, okay, they're out there somewhere, we don't know where or who it is — there's definitely an advantage to that," he says.

"Real combat experience": Like many military veterans, Kevin says he had felt adrift since originally leaving the battlefield several years ago. He had a full-time job in the US, but quit whenUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky put out a call for experienced foreign fightersat the beginning of the war. He arrived in western Ukraine, was driven to Kyiv, and was on the frontlines of the battle for the capital within a matter of hours.

He joined Ukraine's International Legion, launched by the government in the first days of the war. The government pays him and his colleagues a modest salary of between $2,000 and $3,000 a month, though Kevin says they have spent far more than that buying equipment. TheInternational Legion even got its own website, instructing would-be foreign recruits on everything from how to contact the Ukrainian embassy to what to pack.

In those first weeks, the government struggled to weed out the pretenders and war tourists who were out of their depth. By March 6, they had received more than 20,000 applications,according to the foreign minister.

The number of foreign fighters now in Ukraine is a state secret, but a spokesperson for the International Legion told CNN that the "symbiosis" means Ukraine's "chances of winning are greatly increased."

"The best of the best join the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Colonel Anton Myronovych told CNN. "These are foreigners with real combat experience, these are foreign citizens who know what war is, know how to handle weapons, know how to destroy the enemy."

For the first time in his life, Kevin was defending against invasion by a better-equipped enemy. He, not the enemy, was the one who had to worry about airstrikes. There was no master plan, no air support — and there would be no evacuation in case of disaster.

"It was like a movie," he says. "It was insanity from the start. We started taking indirect fire driving in — small arms fire driving in. And I was in a pickup truck, just driving down the street."

(Video) Ukraine rules out cease-fire as Donbas attacks intensify | DW News

"There's tanks, and above us there's helicopters. And you can hear the Russian jets flying by. And out in the open fields the Russians were dropping troops off in helicopters. And so you're like: 'Woah, wow!' It's a lot."

Read more here.

6:11 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

Russia's theft of Ukrainian grain appears to be ramping up as it continues war, news satellite images show

From CNN's Alex Marquardt and Tim Lister

May 23, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news (4)

Russia's theft of Ukrainian grain appears to be ramping up as it continues its war on the country, according to new satellite photos of the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

Two Russia-flagged bulk carrier ships are shown docking and loading up with what is believed to be stolen Ukrainian grain in the images. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of "gradually stealing" Ukrainian food products and trying to sell them.

The new images from Maxar Technologies, dated May 19 and 21, show the ships — the Matros Pozynich and the Matros Koshka — docked next to what appear to be grain silos with grain pouring off of a belt into an open hold. Both ships have now left the port, according to the ship tracking site, with the Matros Pozynich sailing through the Aegean Sea claiming to be on its way to Beirut and the Matros Koshka still in the Black Sea.

It's difficult to know for certain whether the ship is being loaded with stolen Ukrainian grain, but Russia-annexed Crimea produces little grain itself, unlike the agriculturally rich Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia immediately to the north. Ukrainian officials and industry sources have told CNN that Russian forces in occupied areas have emptied several silos and trucked the grain south.

Earlier this month, the Matros Pozynich carried out a similar mission: loading up with grain and setting sail out of the Black Sea and into the Mediterranean.It was initially bound for Egypt with its cargo, but it was turned away from Alexandria after a warning from Ukrainian officials, according to the country's government. It was also barred entry to Beirut, eventually docking in Latakia, in Syria, where Russia has for years been propping up the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

At the same time, Russia has been blocking Ukraine from exporting goods from its ports, fueling fears of a global food crisis.

Keep reading here.

5:11 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

Russian missiles struck railway infrastructure in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukrainian official says

From CNN's Kostan Nechyporenko

Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said Monday that Russian missiles had struck railway infrastructure in the region, causing serious damage.

"A troubled day with endless alarms," Reznichenko said on Telegram. "We have four evening 'arrivals' at once. The missiles hit the railway infrastructure in Pavlograd and Synelnykiv districts. There is serious damage to the railway track and overhead lines. It is unclear when we will resume movement there."
(Video) Ukraine, Russia engaged in battle in Donbas region

Russian forces have targeted Ukraine's railway infrastructure in an apparent bid to interrupt the supply of Ukrainian forces.

4:53 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

Ukrainian military governor reports "heavy fighting" around Lyman

From CNN's Nathan Hodge and Julia Presniakova

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk regional military administration in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, reported "heavy fighting" in the direction of Lyman, where Russians have pressed an offensive in recent days.

"In the direction of Lyman, there is heavy fighting," Kyrylenko said. "Over the past 12 hours, among the civilian population, there is one dead and four people were injured."

Kyrylenko said several other towns —Avdiivka, Sviatohorsk, Bakhmut and Soledar — have been under heavy shelling or rocket and bomb attacks. The regional military governor has reported heavy Russian shelling all along the region's front lines in recent days, with Russian forces attempting breakthroughs in several locations.

3:34 p.m. ET, May 23, 2022

It's Monday night in Kyiv. Catch up on the latest developments on Russia's war in Ukraine.

From CNN Staff

A 20-year veteran of Russia's diplomatic service announced his resignation Monday in protest of his country's war on Ukraine, multiple media outlets reported.

In a rare public protest by a Russian official,Boris Bondarev, a diplomat posted to Russia's mission to the United Nations in Geneva, posted a statement on a LinkedIn account condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine and criticizing the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for complicity in what he described as an an "aggressive war" — language that is proscribed in Russia under wartime censorship laws.

"For twenty years of my diplomatic career I have seen different turns of our foreign policy, but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year," Bondarev wrote, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine. "The aggressive war unleashed by Putin against Ukraine, and in fact against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but also, perhaps, the most serious crime against the people of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a prosperous free society in our country."

The respected Russian business newspaper Kommersant reached out to Bondarev, who confirmed the authenticity of the post. The New York Times confirmed the receipt of a resignation sent by email todiplomats in Geneva.

Here are more of the latest headlines from Russia's war in Ukraine:

  • Kharkiv subway will resume operations after months of serving as a shelter: Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, said the city's subway system would resume operations Tuesday, after months of serving as a shelter for citizens looking to escape Russian bombardment. "Tomorrow, on May 24, we will open the subway," Terekhov said in remarks on television. "All lines will be launched. Subway traffic will be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The intervals won't be the same as in peacetime. The subway depot was damaged during the bombing and shelling, so the intervals will be longer." During the height of the Russian bombardment of Kharkiv — Ukraine's second-largest city — many residents took refuge in the city's metro system.
  • EU can reach a deal on Russia sanctions, German vice chancellor says: Robert Habeck, Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister, spoke to CNN on Monday about the war in Ukraine and Europe’s efforts to lessen dependence on Russian energy. Asked whether the European Union could reach an agreement on the next round of sanctions, including an oil embargo, he said he was confident a deal could be reached and could be done within days. “I expect everyone — also Hungary — that they work to find a solution and not saying 'OK we have an exception and then we will lay back and build on our partnership with Putin,'" he said while speaking earlier on a panel at Davos.
  • More security aid for Ukraine: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said at the conclusion of the second Ukraine Contact Group meeting on Monday that 20 countries “announced new security assistance packages" for the country. Denmark has agreed to provide Ukraine with a Harpoon launcher and missiles to “help Ukraine defend its coast.” The Czech Republic also agreed to send “substantial support” to Ukraine including “a recent donation of attack helicopters, tanks and rocket systems,” Austin said at a news conference at the conclusion of the meeting. “Others came forward with new commitments for training Ukraine’s forces and sustaining its military systems,” Austin added. A total of 47 countries participated in the contact group’s second meeting, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.
  • Biden administration is considering sending US Special Operations Forces to protect its embassy in Kyiv: The Biden Administration is in the early stages of potentially sending special operations forces (SOF) into Ukraine for the very limited mission of helping guard the US Embassy in Kyiv, according to several US officials. The idea of using SOF is in very preliminary stages and has not yet been presented to US President Joe Biden for a decision, the sources said. The embassy was reopened last week after being closed for about three months. For now, the embassy and its limited number of personnel are protected by State Department diplomatic security officials. US Marines typically guard US embassies around the world but in Kyiv, for now,there is a general agreement that the typical Marine Corps embassy guard personnelmaynot be suited to the uncertain security picture in Ukrainewithout additional forces, officials say.
  • Putin claims Russia is "withstanding the impact of sanctions": President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the Russian economy is "withstanding the impact of sanctions" despite a gloomy economic outlook for the country following the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. "Despite all the difficulties, the Russian economy is withstanding the impact of the sanctions, and withstanding it quite well," Putin said in a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. "This is according to all the main macroeconomic indicators." Russia's Central Bank said in late April theRussian economy is expected to shrink by 8 to 10% in 2022, noting a decline ineconomic activity in March after the imposition of internationalsanctions on Russia. Earlier the same month,the World Bank predicted thatRussianGDPwould shrink by 11.2% in 2022.
  • Global food crisis could worsen if Ukrainian port of Odesa is not opened, UN official says: The world faces a “perfect storm within a perfect storm” when it comes to the food crisis, according to the head of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley. He explained that the world is currently facing a food pricing problem but with issues over fertilizer and food production, we could “very well have a food availability problem." He added that if the port of Odesa is not opened, it will only compound the problem. There are 49 million people in 43 countries who are “knocking on famine’s door,” and the world would face famine, destabilization and mass migration if we don’t get ahead of the problem, the UN official said while speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Who is fighting with Russia in 2022? ›

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date24 February 2022 – present (7 months, 1 week and 4 days)
StatusOngoing (list of engagements · control of cities · timeline of events)
Territorial changesRussian annexation of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts

What is the fight between Russia and Ukraine 2022? ›

Russo-Ukrainian War
Date20 February 2014 – present (8 years, 7 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)
Territorial changesBetween 2014 and 2022: Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation Seizure of territory in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russia separatists Since 2022: Invasion of mainland Ukraine by Russia
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Where is Boris Bondarev now? ›

Career. In 2002, Bondarev began working for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow as an advisor on nuclear non-proliferation. Since 2019, he has been one of the counsellors of the Russian Federation's mission to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Is there an agreement between Russia and Ukraine? ›

The treaty prevents Ukraine and Russia from invading one another's country respectively, and declaring war. Ukraine announced its intention not to renew the treaty in September 2018. By doing so the treaty did expire on 31 March 2019. The treaty was also known as the "Big Treaty".

How much of Ukraine does Russia control? ›

On June 2, 2022, Zelenskyy announced that Russia occupied approximately 20% of Ukrainian territory.

Is Ukraine a state or country? ›

Ukraine (Ukrainian: Україна, romanized: Ukraïna, pronounced [ʊkrɐˈjinɐ] ( listen)) is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest European country after Russia, which it borders to the east and northeast.

Is Ukraine in NATO? ›

Relations between Ukraine and NATO were formally established in 1992, when Ukraine joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council after regaining its independence, later renamed the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.

Is Kharkiv under Russian control? ›

Ukraine consolidated its control of the Kharkiv region on Tuesday, raising flags on towns and villages occupied by Russian troops for six months, and reclaiming areas seized by Moscow on the first day of Vladimir Putin's invasion.

What does Z mean on Russian tanks? ›

The Latin-script letter Z (Russian: зет, tr. zet, IPA: [zɛt]) is one of several symbols (including "V" and "O") painted on military vehicles of the Russian Armed Forces involved in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is speculated that the Z helps task forces distinguish themselves from other forces.

Why does Ukraine have no nuclear weapons? ›

In 1994, Ukraine agreed to destroy the weapons, and to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Does Ukraine have nuclear missiles? ›

Ukraine Has No Nuclear Weapons Program

There were also several locations in Ukraine where Soviet tactical nuclear weapons were stored. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia retained control of these weapons under the aegis of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Is Russia apart of NATO? ›

Future NATO members

While both countries joined the Partnership for Peace program (see below) in 1994, both had also stopped short of actually joining NATO—however, Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 convinced both countries that joining NATO would be in the best interest of national security.

How many Russian tanks have been destroyed in Ukraine? ›

Based on these estimates, Russia has lost nearly 1,300 tanks – an impressive 40% of its total operational tank fleet. This figure coincides with that provided by CNN in May, citing an unnamed senior U.S. defense official, which reported that Russia has lost “nearly 1,000 tanks” in Ukraine.

What language is spoken in Ukraine? ›

Ukrainian, the official language, belongs with Russian and Belarusian to the East Slavic branch of the Slavic language family. Ukrainian is closely related to Russian but also has distinct similarities to the Polish language.

What percent of Ukraine is Russian? ›

Russians in Ukraine
Total population
Sevastopol269,953 (2001)
other regions of Ukraine1,355,359 (2001)
Russian (95.9%, 2001) • Ukrainian (54.8%, 2001)
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How big is the Ukraine army? ›

Armed Forces of Ukraine
Ukrainian Armed Forces
Active personnel196,600 (2022)
Reserve personnel900,000 (2022)
Deployed personnel40,114 (2021)
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What country has the most Ukrainian refugees? ›

The countries receiving the largest numbers of refugees were Russia (2.4 million), Poland (1.4 million), Germany (1 million) and the Czech Republic (0.4 million). The communications chief of the UN High Commission for Human Rights called the speed of the exodus of refugees from Ukraine "phenomenal".

How big is Texas vs Ukraine? ›

Ukraine is slightly smaller than Texas, coming in at 233,031 square miles while Texas sits at 268,597 square miles. When the borders for the post-Soviet Union countries were drawn in 1991, Ukraine became the second largest country in Europe. It is twice the size of Italy and 2 1/2 times the size of the United Kingdom.

Has any country left NATO? ›

Of the territories and members added between 1990 and 2020, all were either formerly part of the Warsaw Pact (including the formerly Soviet Baltic states) or territories of the former Yugoslavia (which was not a Warsaw Pact member). No countries have left NATO since its founding.

Who are the 29 countries in NATO? ›

The current member states of NATO are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, ...

Which countries are not NATO? ›

Six EU member states, all who have declared their non-alignment with military alliances, are not NATO members: Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Malta, and Sweden. Additionally, Switzerland, which is surrounded by the EU, has also maintained their neutrality by remaining a non-EU-member.

How can I help Ukraine in Ukraine? ›

Everything you need to help Ukrainians in their fight for peace and freedom – in one place.
  1. All.
  2. Donate.
  3. Humanitarian aid.
  4. Host Ukrainian refugees.
  5. Become a medical volunteer.
  6. Cover the news and write about Ukraine.
  7. Read & share only verified news.
  8. Join the Foreign Legion.

What can kids do to help Ukraine? ›

They're urging kids to write to elected officials, reach out to a Ukrainian or Russian family in the U.S. with kind words or create and display a poster for peace. Larysa Leciw is among those children looking to support Ukraine.

What do you say to a Ukrainian friend? ›

The first and most crucial greeting to say hello or hi in Ukrainian is Добрий день! (dobryi den''). You will often use this formal word when meeting new Ukrainian people. If you are talking with close friends, however, and would like to speak informally, you can say Привіт!

Is Kharkiv fallen? ›

Four months after the battle, Ukraine launched a major counteroffensive in September to recapture territories that were still under Russian control in Kharkiv Oblast.
Battle of Kharkiv (2022)
Date24 February – 14 May 2022 (2 months, 2 weeks and 6 days)
ResultUkrainian victory
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Is Kharkiv Russian speaking? ›

Russian is the most common first language in the Donbas and Crimea regions of Ukraine and the city of Kharkiv, and the predominant language in large cities in the eastern and southern portions of the country.

Is Zaporizhzhia under Russian control? ›

The Russian occupation of Zaporizhzhia Oblast is an ongoing military occupation, which began on 24 February 2022, as Russian forces invaded Ukraine and began capturing the southern portion of Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Why do Russians drink vodka? ›

The national drink is an inseparable part of Russian social life. Vodka is drunk everywhere, with the intention of breaking down inhibitions and producing a state of conviviality Russians refer to as dusha-dushe (soul-to-soul).

How many tanks does the US have? ›

In 2022, the United States had approximately 6,612 main battle tanks in its armed forces, the most of any NATO member state.

What does the V mean on tanks? ›

Z on Russian tank captured by the Ukrainian army. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. V on Russian tank captured by the Ukrainian army. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Z stands for Eastern Military district, while V stands for Naval infantry.

Can a nuke be intercepted? ›

The short answer is yes, nuclear bombs can be intercepted, albeit quite difficult to do. Ballistic missiles are used to deliver nuclear bombs in a flight trajectory. To counter ballistic missiles, the Soviet Union developed anti-ballistic missiles in the 1960s in the thick of the Nuclear Arms Race to protect the USSR.

How many nukes does NATO have? ›

As of 2022, there were estimated to be approximately 4,178 nuclear warheads belonging to three NATO allies, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

Can the UK stop a nuclear missile? ›

Professor Futter said: "We don't have the ability to intercept and destroy incoming Russian ballistic missiles. “Since the early Cold War, the UK has effectively relied on deterrence because defence (either active missile defences or passive civil defence) are hugely expensive and in some cases unworkable.

Which country has most powerful weapons in the world? ›

Here are the 10 countries with the most nuclear weapons:
  • Russia - 6,257.
  • United States - 5,550.
  • China - 350.
  • France - 290.
  • United Kingdom - 225.
  • Pakistan - 165.
  • India - 156.
  • Israel - 90.

Which country has most atom bomb? ›

Despite varying reports on stockpiles, Russia and the U.S. have far more nuclear weapons than the rest of the world, accounting for 90% of the world's stockpile. The country with the third-most nuclear weapons is China with 350 , according to Statista. Business Insider says China has 280.

Does Russia have nuclear weapons that can reach the US? ›

It also limits the deployed Avangard and the under development Sarmat, the two most operationally available of the Russian Federation's new long-range nuclear weapons that can reach the United States.

Is Japan in NATO? ›

In April this year, the four countries participated in NATO's foreign ministerial meeting and they agreed to continue supporting Ukraine and to step up cooperation given the "global implications" of Russia's war on Ukraine. Australia, Japan and South Korea are all U.S. security allies.

Which country is in NATO? ›

At present, NATO has 30 members. In 1949, there were 12 founding members of the Alliance: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Why is Japan not in NATO? ›

Located on the rim of the Pacific, Japan is not eligible to join NATO because of its geographical location. However, Japan has a close partnership with NATO. Japan is a member of “partners across the globe” along with such countries as Australia.

What are the effects of Russia Ukraine War? ›

The Russia-Ukraine war is having an outsized impact on the global supply chain, impeding the flow of goods, fueling dramatic cost increases and product shortages, and creating catastrophic food shortages around the world, according to experts at a virtual symposium hosted by the MIT Center for Transportation and ...

How many Russian troops are in Belarus? ›

The number of Russian troops that would remain in Belarus was estimated to be at around 30,000.

What caused war between Russia Ukraine? ›

Relations between the two countries became hostile after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, which was followed by Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and due to Russia's backing for the separatist fighters of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic in a war, conflicts that had killed more ...

How does war affect us? ›

Effects of war also include mass destruction of cities and have long lasting effects on a country's economy. Armed conflict has important indirect negative consequences on infrastructure, public health provision, and social order. These indirect consequences are often overlooked and unappreciated.

Does war cause inflation? ›

Relative to a no-war counterfactual, the model sees the war as reducing the level of global GDP about 1.5 percent and leading to a rise in global inflation of about 1.3 percentage points.

What are the effects of war on people? ›

Death, injury, sexual violence, malnutrition, illness, and disability are some of the most threatening physical consequences of war, while post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety are some of the emotional effects.

Is Belarus in NATO? ›

Each country builds relations with NATO separately according to the "NATO + 1" formula. Belarus 'partnership with NATO for 2014-2015 agreed within the framework of the Partnership for Peace planning and assessment process, and prospects for Belarus' cooperation with NATO.

How many foreign fighters are in Ukraine? ›

The Russo-Ukrainian War has seen a significant amount of foreign fighters join both sides of the conflict. It had been estimated prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine that there were approximately 17,000 foreign fighters in Ukraine.

Does Belarus have an army? ›

The Government Directive of 20 March 1992 'On the Establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus' founded the Belarusian army.

How can I help Ukraine in Ukraine? ›

Everything you need to help Ukrainians in their fight for peace and freedom – in one place.
  1. All.
  2. Donate.
  3. Humanitarian aid.
  4. Host Ukrainian refugees.
  5. Become a medical volunteer.
  6. Cover the news and write about Ukraine.
  7. Read & share only verified news.
  8. Join the Foreign Legion.

What can kids do to help Ukraine? ›

They're urging kids to write to elected officials, reach out to a Ukrainian or Russian family in the U.S. with kind words or create and display a poster for peace. Larysa Leciw is among those children looking to support Ukraine.

What do you say to a Ukrainian friend? ›

The first and most crucial greeting to say hello or hi in Ukrainian is Добрий день! (dobryi den''). You will often use this formal word when meeting new Ukrainian people. If you are talking with close friends, however, and would like to speak informally, you can say Привіт!

Why is Ukraine not in NATO? ›

Plans for NATO membership were shelved by Ukraine following the 2010 presidential election in which Viktor Yanukovych, who preferred to keep the country non-aligned, was elected President. Amid the unrest, caused by the Euromaidan protests, Yanukovych fled Ukraine in February 2014.

How many tanks does Russia have? ›

However, Russia still has some 2,000 battle-ready tanks at hand, as well as an enormous amount in storage. The Military Balance 2021 database says Russian storage facilities have around 10,200 tanks, including various T-72s, 3,000 T-80s, and 200 T-90s.

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