By the numbers: Russian-Ukrainian conflict


Lucas Jablonski, Staff Writer

135,000– The Number of Russian troops that have amassed at the Ukrainian border.  “Russia has enough troops in place to seize Kyiv or another Ukrainian city but not yet sufficient numbers for a full takeover and occupation of the country, Ukraine’s former defense minister has said, as Washington warned that an invasion could take place at any time” (The Guardian).   

2014– The year that Russia took over Crimea from Ukraine.  “Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in an illegal move that violated the territorial integrity of the former Soviet republic, and sparked a war that has displaced nearly 2 million people and destroyed the country’s infrastructure” (  If this happens with all of Ukraine, the damage will be much more devastating. 

600- Millions of dollars that the U.S. has invested into Ukraine’s defenses. “Ukraine’s embassy in the U.S. said Saturday that the first U.S. shipment of ‘lethal aid,’ including ammunition intended for Ukraine’s ‘front line defenders,’ had touched down in Kyiv — less than 24 hours after Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart” (NBC News). 

75,000– Predicted number of casualties from initial invasion of Ukraine.  “In such a scenario, between 25,000 to 50,000 civilian casualties were possible with as many as 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed, US officials were cited as saying. But Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba questioned the risk to Kyiv on Sunday. ‘Do not believe the apocalyptic predictions. Different capitals have different scenarios, but Ukraine is ready for any development,’ he tweeted in Ukrainian only, suggesting the message was intended for a domestic audience” (Aljazeera).