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

The Democratic president Wednesday reached the end of a long, painful battle with Republicans to secure urgently needed replenishment of aid for Ukraine.
Chicago Reps. Delia Ramirez, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia and Jonathan Jackson, all Democrats and the most pro-Palestinian members of the Illinois delegation, voted no on aid to Israel. GOP Rep. Darin LaHood split from his party to support aid to Ukraine.
Ukrainian Prime Minster Denys Shmyhal joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker and President Joe Biden’s special representative Penny Pritzker to tout the importance of American investment in Ukraine.
Maiia, Maksym and Ivan, a family from Ukraine, were briefly shown in the documentary “20 Days in Mariupol,” a harrowing depiction of Russia’s invasion. Now, Maiia and Ivan are in the Chicago-area as they recover from a bombing strike, the aftermath of which was shown in the film.
Dozens of refugee students, parents and faculty gather at a Ukrainian Village school to commemorate with songs and prayers for peace Russia’s invasion of their “beautiful country.”
On the domestic front, when it comes to Chicago, Trump, during his time as president never delivered on his claim that Chicago crime could be solved in a few days.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he’s worried about Donald Trump possibly returning to the White House, citing Trump’s claim that he could stop Ukraine’s war with Russia in 24 hours.
Until this year, Ukrainians celebrated the holiday on Jan. 7, in line with the Russian calendar. Now, for the first time, they’re celebrating in December. For many it’s a symbol of unification with the West.
The symbol is alarming to Chicago’s Ukrainian community, especially as support for the country’s fight against Russia has waned since the war started nearly two years ago.
There were panels on journalism, economics, artificial intelligence and more and a speech by Barack Obama during the day. Friday night came a speech from the former first lady and an interview of the former president as part of the celebrations at McCormick Place.
In an Oval Office address, the president mourned the slaying of Chicago-area 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume and the stabbing of his mother, calling on Americans to denounce antisemitism and Islamophobia.
The Illinois senator visited Romania, the UK as part of a multileg trade trip.
The president tells allies that the U.S. commitment remains strong. But Republican resistance to giving aid to Ukraine has grown, and Speaker Kevin McCarthy may tie additional funds to efforts to protect the southern U.S. border.
Chicago Rep. Mike Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, was the only Democrat to vote against the stopgap measure averting a government shutdown.
President Biden said Pritzker will work in ‘lockstep’ with the Ukraine government.
Kim is expected to seek economic aid and military technology for his impoverished country, and provide Russia with munitions in its grueling war in Ukraine.
The meeting could come within a month, a U.S. official said. Russia has been trying to acquire weapons from North Korea for its war in Ukraine.
An official says reporters indicate Yevgeny Prigozhin was ‘very likely’ targeted and that the explosion falls in line with Vladimir Putin’s ‘long history of trying to silence his critics.’
Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner Group fielded some of Russia’s best fighting forces in Ukraine, but a rebellion against the military this year led to his exile in Belarus.