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Paige Fusco

The Graphic Truth: The cost of the crisis for Ukraine

Ever since Russia started amassing troops along Ukraine’s border and the West began warning about an invasion, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has tried projecting a sense of calm, while noting that alarm bells hurt his country’s fragile economy. Whoever you think is to blame, one thing is clear: the crisis has taken a toll on the Ukrainian currency, the hryvnia, which has shed nearly 10% of its value against the US dollar since November. Here’s a look at how the hryvnia has performed through some key headlines and diplomatic moves along the way.

What do Ukrainians think of all this?

How do civilians prepare for a war they aren't sure is coming? With a possible Russian invasion looming, we got some views on what life is like on the ground in several cities across Ukraine.

We spoke to people from Donetsk, the capital of the Kremlin-backed separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR); from Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine just 25 miles from the Russian border; from Kyiv, the nation’s capital; and from Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine, located just 60 miles from the Polish frontier.

Here’s what they said.

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Is the West united against Russia? Sort of.

Western powers claim that they present a united front against the Kremlin’s current threats in Ukraine. But clearly there are reasons for doubt. President Joe Biden provided more last week when he appeared to question whether NATO would in fact act with “total unity” if Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops across the Ukrainian border.

Do Western allies really agree on a common approach to keeping Russia out of Ukraine? What are the major points of contention among them?

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