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Latest implications of Russia’s Ukraine invasion – from effects on global energy to consequences facing military families

Today, we cover the latest developments and implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from a number of local and global perspectives.

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A woman holds a Ukrainian flag next to a banner reading stop Putin as youth groups protest Ukraine intervention with human chain in front of the Russian Embassy on Tuesday in Berlin. Yesterday, Russia recognized two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine as independent republics and said it would send troops in “peacekeeping functions,” prompting widespread condemnation from Western governments.


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Russian forces are advancing toward the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Ukraine's military to end its resistance and cooperate with Russia's military.

But Ukrainians guarding a Black Sea island issued a defiant response when Russia demanded surrender. Some 13 guards were killed defending the island.

Meanwhile, Russia's invasion of Ukraine is driving up oil prices.

Those are some of the latest headlines from NPR and Houston Public Media.

Today, we continue to examine and to try to understand what is happening in Ukraine and its impact here in Houston and abroad – from its effect on global energy prices and military families to implications of this conflict for nuclear proliferation, and ways to help the people of Ukraine.


Gabriel Collins

  • Rice University Baker Institute Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs

William French

  • Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral
  • CEO of the Armed Forces YMCA of Virginia

Zachary Zwald

  • Faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston
  • Director of the UH Center for International and Comparative Studies.

Ronan O'Malley

  • Director of Programs for the World Affairs Council of Houston

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