Ukraine Updates: the 9th Month of the Invasion

Ukraine Updates: the 9th Month of the Invasion

Jaiden Herzog, Staff Writer - The Mustang Messenger

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on a major scale on February 24th, 2022, the Russo-Ukrainian War has only worsened.  Havoc and misery are some of the many results of this struggle.

As of recently, Ukraine’s energy and water supply have suffered.  The power supply has experienced an extreme shortage with a 30% deficit.  The United States will be giving $53 million dollars to help aid Ukraine.  Continuing, water is scarce and a

lot of Ukraine doesn’t even have access to clean running water.  With such a grave lack of vital supplies, the nation awaits the upcoming winter in terror.

Russia continues to bombard the country with missiles and bring destruction to families and the land.  About 15% of Ukraine is controlled by Russia as of today.  The regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia are currently occupied by the Russian nation.  Moreover, the important cities of Mariupol, Severodontsk, and Sevastopol also have the Russian Army present.  Mariupol is a key port city of industrialization and trade for Ukraine, and, with it now unavailable, more poverty was brought forth as a result.   People have no homes, no food, no power, and no water.  So much death is prevalent all throughout the country.  “It’s devastating that Russia prioritizes political affairs over human lives.  It’s repulsive to me,” remarked staff writer and student, Delaney Green.

Furthermore,  With Christmas coming up, Russia has even threatened the Ukrainian people’s Christmas.  Ukrainians still 

plan to put up Christmas trees, minus the lights, in the spirit of Christmas.  They can’t afford to use electrical power on something as normal and simple as Christmas lights due to the shortage.  Nevertheless, the country refuses to let Russia steal something as basic as holiday joy.  “Christmas should be for everybody.  It’s a human right.  Russia is treating Ukraine like less than rivals, like paper dolls,” stated Willow Burkholder.


Overall, 9th months into the full-scale invasion and there has only been more tragedy and tribulation added to the pot.  What does the future look like for Ukraine?  Nobody knows for sure.