News and updates related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the Chicago area.

The fast food giant pointed to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, saying holding on to its business in Russia “is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values.”
The first ladies met at a school being used to temporarily house Ukrainian migrants.
The country’s second-largest city has been under sustained Russian attack. With the Russian offensive intensifying in the east, the onslaught has grown even fiercer.
The Ukraine president signed the ball in 2019.
Global cooking oil prices have been rising since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and Russia’s war in Ukraine has sent costs spiraling, another rising cost as inflation soars.
The Evanston-based service organizations, whose 37,000 chapters worldwide include Rotaries in both Ukraine and Russia, is uniquely situated to help in the crisis.
The aid, Biden said, will be sent “directly to the front lines of freedom.”
The U.S. banned Russian seafood imports to keep from fueling the Russian war machine. But Russian fish still come in via China. The U.S. doesn’t check, though it could.
The war has pushed up the price of natural gas, a key ingredient in fertilizer, and led to sanctions against Russia, a major fertilizer exporter. The impact is being felt globally.
Rabbis and Jewish organizations are working around the clock in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe to ensure that Jews who remain in Ukraine and refugees who have fled can to celebrate the holiday.
Vitaliy Baka told the Chicago Sun-Times he’s innocent of defrauding investors of millions but would plead guilty if his sentence could be limited to the time he has spent in jail awaiting trial.
SNEED: Kateryna Yushchenko, who grew up in Chicago, shared heartbreaking details of Russian atrocities, including summary executions and mass rape.
It was a rare, if not unprecedented rebuke against one of the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council.
The U.S. acted against two of Russia’s largest banks, Sberbank and Alfa Bank.
Like all chronic liars, the Russians don’t really believe their own fabrications about atrocities in Ukraine.
Associated Press journalists saw the bodies of at least 21 people in various spots around Bucha, northwest of the capital.
Da coach recalls the influence of his Ukrainian immigrant grandparents on his childhood and work ethic.
They also hope to establish help for refugees in neighboring Romania — and even venture into war-torn Ukraine.
We witness, again, a round of horrific and unimaginable images as the resilient citizens of Ukraine find themselves trapped in circumstances of geography.
Dozens of blue and yellow Ukrainian flags flew above a crowd of hundreds standing at the base of the Water Tower, while community leaders and politicians made speeches from the top of the stairs.
Even as Biden’s words rocketed around the world, the White House attempted to clarify soon after Biden finished speaking in Poland that he was not calling for a new government in Russia.