Michael Podolsky
CEO and Co-Founder of PissedConsumer.com

On February 24, Ukrainians awoke to their country being bombed and invaded. They fled their homes and sought shelter from the most vicious European conflict since World War II.  

War Chronicles: May 26, 2022

The Ukraine-Russia war has been going on for three months now. During this time, at least 22 thousand residents of Mariupol died.

The international human rights organization Amnesty International called on Russia to respect the rights of Ukrainian prisoners, defenders of Azovstal, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. While defending Mariupol, these Ukrainian prisoners were dehumanized by the Russian media and portrayed as "neo-Nazis". Such circumstances cause serious concern about the fate of Ukrainian combatants as prisoners in the temporarily occupied territories.

The offensive of the invaders is mostly concentrated in the Luhansk region. The hottest spots are Lysychansk and Severodonetsk. The shelling of Severodonetsk is not stopping for a week and a half, the housing stock there is 90% damaged. Due to enemy shelling, the Luhansk region was left without a gas supply.

Russia launched missile strikes on the city of Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Dnipro, and Kharkiv regions. The head of the Kharkiv regional military administration said that the Russian invaders are preparing to resume the offensive in the Kharkiv region.

The satellite recorded the movement of cargo ships in the occupied port of Mariupol, where the occupiers can take out metal and grain.

Almost 2,000 children have gone missing in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion. Most requests are from Donetsk (including Mariupol), Kyiv and Kharkiv regions.

Ukrainians need your help!

War Chronicles: May 20, 2022

The Russian occupiers dropped 714 tons of air bombs at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol during the last month.

Starting May 16, 959 Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azovstal plant in Mariupol have surrendered to Russian captivity. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a total of 1,730 Azov fighters, including 80 wounded, have left Azovstal for today. Ukraine hopes to return all military personnel taken from Mariupol in the process of exchange.

After several days of relative calm, the Russian occupiers resumed devastating shelling in Kharkiv and settlements in the region.

Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been under constant attacks. The city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region has been hit by air missiles. There is significant destruction of civilian infrastructure.

According to official data from juvenile prosecutors, at least 232 children were killed and 427 wounded as a result of Russia's full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

The Russian Senator hints that the occupied territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions may become part of Russia

Ukrainians continue to return home - in the past 24 hours 41,000 people have crossed the country's western border. However, millions of Ukrainian refugees have to stay abroad, as lots of them lost their homes, worked, or lived in the occupied territory or where the war attacks continue.

War Chronicles: May 12, 2022

Ukrainians who flee from the occupied territories are forced to pass through “filtration camps” organized by Russia, which involve strip search, detention, harsh questioning, and other abuse.

Around 10,800 Ukrainian refugees are forcibly taken to Russia and sent to remote camps in a network of former Soviet sanatoriums in the Far East regions including Siberia, the Caucasus, and the Arctic Circle. Being over 5,500 miles away from their home, the lack of money and documents makes it almost impossible for these people to return.

On May 8, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) together with the international community made a statement on Ukraine and pledged further economic isolation of Russia in support of the Ukrainian people and their resistance to this ongoing war.

On May 9, Joe Biden signs The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 aimed at supplying Ukraine with military equipment required to fight against Russia.

The Ukrainian army continues to push back the Russian troops in the Kharkiv region and liberate more villages in suburbs from the so-called “Russian world”. The situation in the southeast is still intense as the Russian troops continue to destroy the cities.

War Chronicles: May 5, 2022

Massive air strikes cause new destructions across the entire country in the main cities of Odesa, Kiyv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk. The situation in the Donbas intensifies as Ukrainian forces strengthen their defense.

The UN and ICRC have coordinated a safe passage operation and successfully evacuated 101 civilians from the Azov steel plant in Mariupol. Nearly 200 are still trapped under the plant, and about 100,000 civilians remain without help in the city. Russians intend to turn Azovstal into ashes with more and more severe attacks.

Russian troops continue using phosphorus ammunition to shell the Donetsk region even though the chemical weapon is banned and considered inhumane by the Geneva Convention.

Russian soldiers steal about 400,000 tonnes of grain from occupied territories in the south of Ukraine, as reported by Ukraine's deputy agriculture minister. Further stealing will put millions of people at risk of poverty and famine.

World economists predict higher prices on basic food items as the war in Ukraine continues. Ukraine is one of the largest suppliers of vegetable oil and grain. The crops and export are at risk this year, which might cause a major food shortage crisis.

EU negotiates a plan to ban the import of Russian oil by the end of 2022 in terms of a new round of sanctions against the aggressor.

War Chronicles: April 28, 2022

The southeast regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, and Zaporizhzhia are under continuous shelling. More missiles are fired at Odesa, Kremenchuk, Vinnytsia, Lviv, and other parts of Ukraine causing more deaths and injuries to civilians.

Russia plans to force the mobilization of Ukrainian men in the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in order to send them to the frontline to fight against their own army.

The Azovstal plant in Mariupol is being bombarded despite Putin’s official statement of canceling the attack provided on April 21. Hundreds of civilians await evacuation but the Russians won’t release them. Humanitarian corridors are canceled due to shelling.

Russia openly states that Transnistria is the next step in their so-called “special operation”. Transnistria is an unrecognized Moscow-backed region in Moldova that borders the southwest part of Ukraine. Several explosions cause the destabilization of the territory.

EU adopts the sixth round of sanctions on Russia. 75% of foreign companies limited their operations in Russia. About 750 businesses have publicly announced their withdrawal from the Russian market.

War Chronicles: April 21, 2022

Ukraine continues to fight back against Russian forces in the most heated southeast regions. Russia severely shells and attacks the Donbas. However, Ukrainian forces managed to repel their attempts to advance on the control line on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The situation in the city of Mariupol is critical. According to the estimates, 5,000 to 20,000 people have died in this area so far. Azov battalion defending the area continues to resist heavy attacks from Russia. Most of these attacks are aimed at the Azovstal metallurgical plant, which has become a shelter for hundreds of civilians, including children. It is a strategically important object on the battlefield, which is still under the control of Ukraine forces.

As the tension in the southeast increases, Russia makes new attacks by air firing missiles at other areas of Ukraine, including the city of Lviv on the West, where over a million Ukrainians have sought asylum. The fighting in the Kharkiv area also intensifies. The civilians who were still staying in the region are asked to evacuate.

The US and Europe continue supplying Ukraine with heavy weapons and military aid. Russia faces a new stage of imposed sanctions. More companies are drawing out of the market.

War Chronicles: April 14, 2022

On April 7, the United Nations General Assembly suspended Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council over the number of violations and abuses of human rights reported in Ukraine. In response, Russia starts threatening the UN with “consequences” via anonymous notes sent to the UN members.

The Russian military has redeployed to the east of Ukraine forcing civilians in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to evacuate. More than 600,000 Ukrainians were evacuated to Russia against their will. Air shelling and rocket attacks continue in different parts of Ukraine, destroying entire infrastructure and houses of cities and villages.

The US senate anonymously approves a Lend-Lease for Ukraine that once helped to beat Hitler in WWII. This program will provide Ukraine’s military with the necessary equipment to help fend off Russian troops without time-consuming procedures.

52 civilians were killed and over 100 received injuries as a result of a “Tochka-U” missile hit at the railroad station in Kramatorsk, the city in the Donetsk region. Russian military officials deny the claim stating that their army didn’t have any firing tasks.

Estimated 20,000 civilians are killed in Mariupol. The city is almost entirely destroyed. Russians are covering their tracks and massive killing of civilians in Mariupol by burning the dead in mobile crematoria. Azov battalion defending the area reports that Russians used chemical weapons from the air in Mariupol causing a great number of civilian casualties. Proceeding with this attack, Russian invaders also blew up tanks with nitric acid in Donetsk.

War Chronicles: April 5, 2022

As Russian forces pull out of Bucha and Irpin, more evidence of their war crimes appear. The mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, reported that 410 civilians were killed. Fifty-seven people are buried in a mass grave. Dead civilians lie scattered over the streets with their hands tied. These people wore no uniforms. They were civilians with bikes, their hands still gripping bags with products, some of them were killed right in front of the doors of their houses.

Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the UN security council meeting and says that Russian troops are ‘no different from terrorists’. The United Nations human rights office spokesperson, Liz Throssell, agrees that Russians appear to have directly killed and targeted civilians in Bucha.

European Union proposes new sanctions including the Russian coal ban, blocking Russian ships from European ports, and further isolating Russian oligarchs. France, Italy, Germany, and other countries expelled 149 Russian diplomats.

Russian military keeps moving its troops to the East of Ukraine to support their goal of establishing control of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Russian shellings of Kharkiv, Mykolayiv, and Zaporizhzhia continue.

War Chronicles: March 31, 2022

Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia have brought the first signs of progress since the beginning of the invasion. Russian and Ukrainian delegations met in Istanbul, on March, 29 to discuss peace opportunities. Russia says it will significantly cut back operations in the north of the country, near Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky doubts Russia’s promise to withdraw the troops. Some Russian troops have moved away from the area, however, he says it's not a withdrawal, but rather “a consequence of the work of our defenders.”

Ukraine and Russia will resume online negotiations on April,1st.

War Chronicles: March 22, 2022

According to Ukrainian officials, Russian forces have lost more than 15,300 soldiers, 99 aircrafts, 123 helicopters, 509 tanks, and other artillery since the beginning of the invasion.

Russian military keeps attacking civilians in Ukrainian cities. At least 4 people have been killed after a shelling attack on a residential area and a shopping center in Kyiv. The Russian forces dropped cluster bombs on a hotel, park, and a hospital in the center of Mykolayiv. Three private houses were destroyed and ten more were damaged as a result of the shelling in the Zhytomyr region.

A 96-year-old man who survived in Nazi concentration camps in Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald was killed by an explosion during the Russian military attack in Kharkiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insists on direct talks with Vladimir Putin. He says he is ready for the meeting in any format as it’s the only way to stop the war.

950 trucks with goods for Belarus and Russia have been blocked by Ukrainian and Polish volunteers.

Germany and Qatar have agreed upon a long-term energy partnership that will help to end dependency on Russian gas.

War Chronicles: March 17, 2022

On March 16, Russian forces dropped a bomb on a theater in Mariupol despite satellite images showing a huge word “Children” written on the ground. Hundreds of people had been sheltering there. Sergiy Taruta, the local MP, has recently announced that people survived and are successfully coming out of the shelter.

The United Nations’ International Court of Justice has ordered Russia to halt military actions in Ukraine immediately. They have not found any evidence that Ukraine was committing genocide against Russian-speakers in the Eastern part of the country. Only Chinese and Russian judges voted against the order.

Joe Biden has denounced Vladimir Putin as a war criminal after Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky spoke to Congress on March 16, 2022. He keeps asking the U.S. to provide a no-fly zone, to escalate sanctions and other penalties on Russia.

German leaders state that NATO will not risk the escalation in Ukraine by intervening with military force and sending fighter jets. They will send humanitarian, financial aid as well as military goods, according to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Ukrainian city Chernihiv is suffering great losses. There have been continuous artillery and air strikes, more than 50 people have been found dead.

War Chronicles: March 11, 2022

The Ukrainian army valiantly resists Russian occupiers. Russian forces have lost more than 12,500 soldiers, 57 aircrafts, 83 helicopters, 353 tanks and other artillery according to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Vladimir Putin approved bringing “volunteer” fighters from the Middle East to Ukraine. More than 16,000 can be involved according to the speech of Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu at the meeting of Russia’s Security Council.

Ukrainian officials warned that Russia and Belarus are preparing a provocation in order to push Lukashenko to participate in war. At 14:40 Russian aviation has attacted Belarus from the Ukrainian side.

Dozens of major companies suspended their business in Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. However, there are still large international firms that continue operating in the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine suggests consumers from all over the world boycotting such companies and their products as the taxes they pay support Russia’s military aggression.

War Chronicles: March 10, 2022

The maternity and the children’s hospitals in Mariupol were destroyed by a Russian airstrike. At least three people have died and seventeen were injured, including pregnant women and children, according to Ukrainian officials.

Chernobyl nuclear station is at risk and can be a threat to the whole world. It was disconnected from the power grid because of the military actions of Russian occupiers. Emergency diesel generators will be working only for 48 hours. Unless Russia ceases fire and allows repairs, the cooling systems of the storage facility will stop, making radiation leaks imminent.

U.S. officials warn Russia could use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine after Russia accused Ukraine of developing chemical and bioweapon without any evidence and planning a false-flag chemical weapon attack.

U.S. House passes $13 bn Ukrainian aid bill which includes $6.8 bn to provide economic aid and to care for refugees and $6.5 bn to send weapons and troops to Eastern Europe.

Evacuation is in progress, however, authorities struggle to get people away from war zones. More than 40,000 civilians were evacuated. However, people in Mariupol still can’t leave the city and are being shelled by Russian troops.

Russian and Ukrainian Ministers of foreign affairs failed to make progress on ending Russia's invasion of Ukraine on negotiations in Antalya. It was the first time top diplomats met since the beginning of the invasion.

Ukraine and millions of people all over the world keep asking NATO to close the sky as it’s the only way to protect civilians under Russian shelling.

Image source:Yeva.hart

War Chronicles: March 9, 2022

Ukrainian resistance is so powerful that it continues to impress Russia and the whole world. Their army valiantly resists occupying forces and stages counter-attacks against Russian troops. Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Mariupol are constantly being attacked, however, Russian invaders still failed to advance further into the cities.

As of March 9, 2022, Russia has lost more than 12,000 soldiers due to the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports. More than 1,000 Ukrainians, including 50 children, were killed or injured at the hands of Russian occupiers.

The Russian military seizes Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plants, uses weapons with wide-area effects in populated urban areas. Because of shelling many people are cut off from food, water, heat and medical supplies which causes a humanitarian crisis.

The third round of negotiations ended up with the agreement to open the humanitarian corridors. However, the evacuation was under the threat in several cities when Russian troops opened fire. There are casualties among the civilian population - families and children, who were shot during the evacuation. Nevertheless, after several failed attempts to create humanitarian corridors, the evacuation of people from the hot spots has already started.

Russia has become the world’s most sanctioned country, dwarfing Iran and North Korea. It has been disconnected from SWIFT, which made international currency transactions impossible. European countries closed their airspace for Russian airlines. The world’s leading companies have temporarily suspended their business operations in Russia. Among them are Apple, Ikea, Microsoft, McDonald's, Shell, Visa, Mastercard, and many others.

The war has already influenced the financial sector as well - the ruble drops to historic low in international trading.

While Russia is being banned, Ukraine gets support from all over the world. Foreign military and doctors arrive in the country, arms supplies and humanitarian aid are being provided. However, until NATO provides a no-fly zone over Ukraine, new strikes and casualties are inevitable. Ukraine and its leaders keep asking NATO to close the sky. Today Kyiv Classic Orchestra plays a concert on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in support of the appeal to world leaders to provide a no-fly zone.

How the War Started

Ukraine is a sovereign nation that chose democracy after freeing itself from the former Soviet Union’s 70-year domination.  Putin wishes to re-absorb all or part of Ukraine. Ukrainians want to remain free and in a state of self-determination.  

The Ukrainians are outnumbered, outgunned, and under-funded.  Despite this, the Ukrainian people have vowed to fight this attack on their sovereignty and freedom.  

Why Does PissedConsumer.com Care About Ukraine?

Most of the PissedConsumer.com team is based in Eastern Ukraine. For the past 15 years, we nurtured democracy and built a website that supports freedom of speech for consumers all over the world.  

PissedConsumer supports Democracy. Ukraine supports Democracy and freedom of speech.  

Pissed Consumer community stands firmly alongside Ukraine. It’s the biggest crisis in the heart of Europe since World War II, so it’s a threat not only to Ukraine but to the whole world. Through a joint effort we can help Ukraine win this war and restore the destruction caused by the Russian army.

History of the Conflict

Putin is a former KGB agent who came to power in Russia and has viciously slapped down any attempts to challenge his authority.  He has imprisoned or killed opposition leaders, and speaking out against him will usually land you in jail.  The fall of the USSR promised a new era of freedom and democracy in Eastern Europe, and while that bloomed in much of the former Warsaw Pact, Russia remains in as tight of an authoritarian grip as it was under the Communists.  

At this point, the Russian government has ordered all Russian media to censor information about the war.  Despite this, the word is spreading in Russia as well, and there have been protests against the invasion.  However, those protests were shut down and thousands of peaceful protesters are in jail.  

While Russia has a massive and well-equipped military, the Ukrainian army is strong, disciplined, well-trained, and standing to defend their homeland despite devastating odds.  Ukrainians maintain their faith that their army and civilian support can hold off this Russian aggression.  

The United States and NATO have given Ukraine aid in the past and pledged to defend it.  But now that the time has come, the Ukrainian people stand-alone, as their cities are bombed, their lands invaded, and an occupation force sweeps across the country.  Despite this, the Ukrainian spirit is unbroken.  But they can not hold out against these odds forever, without help.  

Americans, think of your own history.  There was a time when America was an underdog, fighting the greatest military power in the world.  You were outnumbered and poorly supplied.  But, you had the one advantage that you were fighting for your freedom.  You did not do it alone, however.  Friends of your liberty sent aid, and the rest is history.  For hundreds of years after that, America was a beacon of hope for all who wanted freedom.  Americans fought and died in wars not to defend their own freedom, but to defend the freedom of others. 

Ukrainians Need Your Help

Can you really stand by and do nothing?  The US government has taken military intervention off the table.  The US government is not even, at this point, willing to impose the strongest economic sanctions on Russia.  This is the position of the US government, but we believe that this is not the position of the American people.  

Americans, if you care for the people of Ukraine and you care about defending democracies from invasion by authoritarians, at least let your leaders know this.  While Ukrainians are huddled in bomb shelters and fighting against overwhelming odds, could you suffer the tiny inconvenience of making a phone call? 

Just a phone call? 

  1. Go to ziplook.house.gov Here you can enter your zip code and find your congressional representative.
  2. Call the 202 number listed and ask for your representative’s office.
  3. Somebody at your representative’s office will answer. Give them your name and zip code where you live, telling them you’re a constituent. Then share your most passionate thoughts and opinions. These office workers collect constituents’ opinions on various topics, and congressmen use these notes to gauge how they should act and vote.  Be polite.  Be civil.  But be clear that you want your government to represent your feelings – that America must stand with Ukraine and support its struggle against this invasion.  

Ukrainians need your help!

Your voice will help.  

Please share this message to help stop WW3 that may come to your doorstep, too, if Ukraine fails to stop the aggression.

Share the truth and pray for Ukraine.

 

 
Michael Podolsky
CEO and Co-Founder of PissedConsumer.com

Michael is a Co-founder and CEO of PissedConsumer, an entrepreneur, expert in customer service and leadership, proactive advocate of consumer rights and freedom of speech.