Many reflect on Russia-Ukraine war as two year mark passes

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – More than two years have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. This weekend marked the second anniversary of the day it started.

Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, at least 31,000 Ukrainian troops have died; however, according to CNN, the U.S. estimates the toll could be closer to 70,000.

“I would say for everyone who is connected to Ukraine one way or the other, especially if you have family there, it’s very hard no matter where in Ukraine you are, you don’t have to be on the frontlines; Russian rockets are hitting everywhere,” said Misha Shvets, a volunteer with the Ukrainian Association of NC.

Now entering the third year of fighting, some here in North Carolina fear for their loved ones.

“My mother was sending me pictures, and it looks nice spring weather these days. You wouldn’t even think that’s a war zone, but at the same time, over these two years, there were two rockets that hit less than 1,000 feet from my mom’s home,” said Shvets.

Shvets, whose parents and young siblings are still back in Ukraine, is working to help his home country in any way he can. Many others are as well.

‘We had an opportunity to collect medical supplies, so in addition to collecting funds to purchase unique medical supplies, we have also reached out to our wonderful medical institutions here in North Carolina, and they provided humanitarian medical assistance to us,” said Olena Kozlova-Pates one of the Co-Founders of Ukrainians in the Carolinas.

Congressman Don Davis visited Ukraine as they marked two years since the start of the war.

“Basically, we were there for a full day that included talking to Ukrainian soldiers, U.S. soldiers, and everyday people in the community. I had an opportunity of going over to the parliament,” said Davis.

Right now, there is a bill that the Senate just passed that will deliver nearly $50 billion in aid to Ukraine. The bill is now going to the House, but there’s some skepticism about whether they will vote on it at all.

WITN also reached out to Representative Greg Murphy for a statement regarding the two-year mark. “My heart hurts for the Ukrainian people as they continue to defend their homeland against Russia’s unjust and provoked invasion. The United States must stand strong with the nation of Ukraine for the security of our European allies and global stability. Make no mistake; this would not have happened under former President Trump. The world has watched President Biden’s weak foreign policy create the conditions for our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the invasion of Ukraine and Israel, and China’s mobilization to invade Taiwan. As we reflect on eclipsing two years of war in Ukraine, we must consider the feckless leadership that has enabled this horror.”