On February 24, 2022 at 05:00 UTC, from Russian & Belarusian territories, by land, sea and air, Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territory.
From the north (in the direction of Pripyat and Chernihiv), the east (via the oblasts of Donetsk and Lugansk) and the south (via the Crimea), three army groups began a “lightning” offensive towards the assigned objectives by the enemy command, overrunning the defenses of Ukraine.
The resilience of the population, the ability to organize with the sole means of civil society (or almost), the spirit of resistance – immediate and flawless – which prevailed within the armed forces, volunteers & all goodwill made it possible to compensate for the lack of equipment, manpower and coordination in the face of the suddenness of the attack.
We evacuated in the direction of Lviv on March 21, a few days before the enemy retreated from the northern front, thanks – may they be blessed – to the Catholic fathers of the church of Chernihiv and two volunteers who ensured a noria between Kyiv and Chernihiv for supply the city during the siege.
I have a special thought for a kid at a checkpoint on our way. He had a brand new AK47, it was longer than his chest, he was dirty from the dust of the road, in shorts and a t-shirt and looked a little lost. I hope he survived and became a proud Cossack warrior, Ukraine will need him and all his children to rise again.
Interactive maps of the conflict
To follow the evolution of the conflict with ideograms to understand the actions in progress (available in French and English):
- https://liveuamap.com/ (Click here)
For an interactive map and field analyzes by the institute for study of war & critical threats:
- https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/36a7f6a6f5a9448496de641cf64bd375 (Click here)