Russia expands towards NATO allies (includes video story)

Russia is expanding its attacks on Ukraine to western regions, striking areas as close as 11 miles from NATO member territories.

On Sunday, Russian airstrikes hit a Ukrainian military base near Poland, putting NATO on high alert. According to local authorities, the strikes killed at least 35 people and injured more than 130.

As heavy explosions continued in Kyiv, including a maternity ward’s shelling, Russian forces also opened fire on two American journalists, killing one and wounding another.

U.S. officials say Russia is asking China for military support, including drones and
economic assistance. Both countries have denied the reports.

“We will not stand by and allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses from the
economic sanctions,” said White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan.

The fourth round of talks between Russia and Ukraine is set to happen today, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will virtually address the U.S. Congress tomorrow.

Sophia Lama is a senior at Florida International University majoring in broadcast journalism. She was ABC 7 Chicago’s first-ever race and culture reporting intern. Currently, Sophia is a part of the NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion fellowship in Washington, DC and is interning for ESPN.