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The humanitarian, economic, and political impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Experts discuss the connection between the Harris County community and the Ukrainian community – and how Russian’s invasion of Ukraine will impact both.

AP Photo / Sergei Grits
Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south.


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Ukrainian Americans in the Houston area are watching the Russian invasion closely. Many of the estimated 5,000 Ukrainians here have relatives back home, in danger.

We know a lot of this can be confusing and difficult to comprehend, but even if we think we don’t have a direct connection to Ukraine, the invasion will still affect us.

Today, we look at the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict from a humanitarian, economic, and political perspective. Also, News 88.7 reporter Andrew Schneider brings us his exclusive conversation with a former US Army captain recently located in the Donbas region in south-eastern Ukraine.

Richard J. Stoll, Ph.D.

  • Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, Rice University
  • Faculty scholar at the Baker Institute
  • Senior fellow and a member of the advisory council of the Institute for Sustainable Peace.

Vitalii Tarasiuk

Mark Kilbane

  • Former U.S. Army Captain

Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media

  • News 88.7 politics and government reporter

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