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The Week of August 15th - 22nd

This Week's Takeaway in 30-Seconds...
Teenagers in Chicago put together a display of cereal boxes to honor Ukraine. Credit: Chicago Sun-Times
As Ukraine's Independence Day approaches, Spotify put together a unique playlist to honor the country. As Spotify builds international unity, Ukraine admonished India for its continued reliance on Russian oil. As the war enters month six, the local governments and citizens of Poland are feeling the enormous pressure of resettling more than two million refugees. On the eastern front, Ukrainian troops are reaching once unthought-of locations with Turkish-supplied drones to undermine Russian security.

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Ukraine Unlocked is a weekly newsletter providing a roundup of the cultural, political, and economic developments in the country. We hope to provide students, professionals, and the casual reader with greater insight into Ukraine as its role on the global stage evolves throughout the 21st century. 
The A-10 Warthog Ukraine is hoping to receive from the U.S. Credit: Picryl
Suspicious Explosion
  • Daughter of Russian Nationalist Killed: The daughter of Alexander Dugin, an influential, Russian nationalist philosopher, was killed by a car bomb on Sunday. Dugin and his daughter had been ardent supporters of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Initial suspicions are that the car bomb was intended for Alexander Dugin and not his daughter.  
  • Hoping and Expecting: Ukraine has yet to receive fighter jets from the U.S., but that has not stopped an international group from preparing for the off-chance that they do. Former American pilots of the A-10 Warthog are working with Ukrainian pilots using virtual flight simulators to train them on how to operate the fighter plane. They have also used open-source information on social media sites like YouTube to further round out their understanding of how the jets operate. 
  • More Vogue Controversy: In last month’s Vogue feature of Olena Zelenska, she is seen sitting in one photo with her elbows on her knees and sleeves rolled up. Notably, her legs were not zipped together as is the common pose for women. People have criticized the first lady for not posing like a woman, but also for stealing the spotlight away from those working on frontlines. In response, Zelenska says she is trying to use every opportunity to draw attention to the crisis her country is facing. 
  • Blood Oil: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that India’s purchase of Russian oil comes with “Ukrainian blood.” Prior to Kuleba’s comments, India’s External Affairs Minister stated that energy prices are unreasonably high. He added that he has a moral obligation to try and find the cheapest ways to supply energy to his citizens, as the per-capita income in India is so low. 
🥊 Human Moment: 🥊
Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk beat his British opponent to maintain his title as heavyweight champion of the world. 
Spotify logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The Sound of Support
  • Spotify on the Record: In advance of Ukraine’s independence day on August 24th, the music streaming service Spotify put together a special playlist to honor the country. The playlist is called UNITED24: Music For Ukraine. Music will be included from Ukrainian artists along with musicians who have pledged their support for the country. President Zelenskyy included a message with the playlist expressing his appreciation for the musicians who have supported Ukraine in its war with Russia. 
  • Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra Plays On: On Thursday, members of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra played Braham’s Fourth Symphony in New York and a wide variety of other pieces, including the Ukrainian national anthem. The group is composed of both Ukrainians and musicians of other nationalities and is currently on a global 12-city tour. At the end of the concert, Ukraine's ambassador to the U.N. spoke to the crowd declaring “Glory to Ukraine!”
  • Heritage Roots Run Deep: The Ottawa-based Hnatyshyn Foundation announced it is providing 20 awards, each amounting to C$10,000, for performing arts groups with Ukrainian heritage. Ray Hnatyshyn, who the foundation is named after, served as Governor General of Ottawa in the early 90s. The artists represent different categories of the performing arts, from traditional choral music to contemporary vocalists.
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Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone, which have been an integral part of Ukraine's war effort. Wikimedia Commons
The Changing Tides
  • Drone Attacks: On Saturday, a drone strike hit Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters in occupied Crimea. While Ukrainian officials have not publicly claimed responsibility, an anonymous official told the New York Times that some attacks are being conducted behind enemy lines by an elite group of Ukrainian soldiers. Vladimir Putin views Crimea, which Russia seized in 2014, as a holy land for Russians and as a strategic military base for the war in Ukraine. 
    • Weakening the Front Line: The Institute for the Study of War reported that Russian officials are considering increasing security in Crimea because of the drone attacks, which will likely weaken the campaigns on the front line in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Furthermore, recent Ukrainian attacks on military and infrastructure targets near Crimea and Kherson are “reducing Russian confidence in the security of Russian rear areas.” Immediate security concerns are not the only issue, as Russia’s inability to stop attacks in and near Crimea may stir discontent in the Russian public. 
  • Mass Casualties in Kharkiv: On August 17th and 18th, several Russian missiles hit a dorm building and residential apartment in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv. Ukrainian officials reported that 21 people died in the attack. British intelligence stated, “Russian troops, by constantly shelling Kharkiv, are trying to restrain the actions of Ukrainian forces so that they could not launch counter-attacks in other directions.” On Friday and Saturday, the Institute for the Study of War reported that Russian forces attempted several failed attacks across the eastern axis of the war front. 
 Human Moment: 
In downtown Kyiv, destroyed Russian military equipment was displayed for all to see. Many also joined in dance and song as Kyiv tries to return to normal. 
Refugees in Krakow wait for supplies. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Humanitarian Crisis
  • How Long Can Poland Last? Over 2 million refugees have successfully settled in Poland, which has earned praise from the international community. While the national government has received most of the admiration, local governments and organizations are tasked with addressing the needs of the refugees. A large portion of the international aid sent to the country sits unused because small volunteer organizations cannot meet the strict compliance requirements that comes with the aid. Estimates suggest that private citizens in Poland spent over 2 billion dollars to support Ukrainian refugees, and experts are concerned that private initiatives will not be able to sustain refugees much longer.
Looking to lend support to Ukraine? Below are some ways you can help:
  • Help forPEACE, which seeks to connect foreign donations with on-the-ground organizations in Ukraine
  • Donate to the Ukrainian military (will need google translate on your computer)
  • Donate to Ukrainian NGO Come Back Alive
  • Help Ukrainian refugees in Poland
TechUkraine logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Economic Resiliency
  • Weathering the War: According to a recent TechUkraine survey, 55% of Ukrainian startup businesses have been able to fully operate in Ukraine, despite the war. Furthermore, 95% of all startups are still partially working in Ukraine. The tech industry and the startup sphere are two sectors that have demonstrated resiliency in the face of Russia’s war
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