News and updates related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the Chicago area.

The symbol is alarming to Chicago’s Ukrainian community, especially as support for the country’s fight against Russia has waned since the war started nearly two years ago.
There were panels on journalism, economics, artificial intelligence and more and a speech by Barack Obama during the day. Friday night came a speech from the former first lady and an interview of the former president as part of the celebrations at McCormick Place.
In an Oval Office address, the president mourned the slaying of Chicago-area 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume and the stabbing of his mother, calling on Americans to denounce antisemitism and Islamophobia.
The Illinois senator visited Romania, the UK as part of a multileg trade trip.
The president tells allies that the U.S. commitment remains strong. But Republican resistance to giving aid to Ukraine has grown, and Speaker Kevin McCarthy may tie additional funds to efforts to protect the southern U.S. border.
Chicago Rep. Mike Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, was the only Democrat to vote against the stopgap measure averting a government shutdown.
President Biden said Pritzker will work in ‘lockstep’ with the Ukraine government.
Kim is expected to seek economic aid and military technology for his impoverished country, and provide Russia with munitions in its grueling war in Ukraine.
The meeting could come within a month, a U.S. official said. Russia has been trying to acquire weapons from North Korea for its war in Ukraine.
An official says reporters indicate Yevgeny Prigozhin was ‘very likely’ targeted and that the explosion falls in line with Vladimir Putin’s ‘long history of trying to silence his critics.’
Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner Group fielded some of Russia’s best fighting forces in Ukraine, but a rebellion against the military this year led to his exile in Belarus.
The suspension of the deal sent wheat prices up about 3% in Chicago trading, to $6.81 a bushel, which is still about half what they were at last year’s peak.
The strike was carried out by two Ukrainian maritime drones, Russian authorities said. Ukraine was coy about taking responsibility, saying it would reveal details on how the action was carried out after Kyiv won the war.
Cluster bombs are munitions that open in the air and release scores of smaller bomblets. They are seen by the U.S. as a way to help bolster Ukraine in its offensive.
Footage shows death and destruction from early days of Russian invasion,
As part of the deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would ask Turkey’s parliament to approve Sweden joining NATO as Western leaders try to demonstrate unity in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
More than 200 people stood along North Michigan Avenue to draw attention to the war and the need for the U.S. and allies to continue supporting Ukraine.
High school art teacher Elena Diadenko said she will continue raising money for Ukraine until the war is over.
The Wagner forces’ largely unopposed, rapid advance exposed vulnerabilities in Russia’s security and military forces as it also pulled some of the country’s best forces from the battlefield in the war with Ukraine.
Russia launched the attack overnight Saturday with Iranian-made Shahed drones, a senior Kyiv military official said. The attack lasted more than five hours, with air defense reportedly shooting down more than 40 drones.
In his Easter address Pope Francis offers prayers for Russians and Ukrainians, calls on Israel and Palestine to forge ‘a climate of trust,’ praises nations taking in refugees.
Air raid sirens wailed all over Ukraine as Russia aims at critical energy infrastructure in many cities. Authorities ordered residents to shelter in place.
St. Nicholas Cathedral School has welcomed dozens of Ukranian refugees to its student body this year.