The daughter of an ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue who advocates Russia absorbing Ukraine was killed in a suspected car bomb attack outside Moscow, reports Reuters. Darya Dugina, daughter of prominent ideologue Alexander Dugin, was killed on Saturday evening after a suspected explosive device blew up the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving.
According to Vox, Dugina, though lower profile than her father Aleksandr Dugin, espoused many similar nationalist and pro-war beliefs and had been sanctioned by the United States for running a disinformation website. Russia is blaming Ukraine for Dugina’s death, and it’s already prompting recriminations between the two countries — and fears of escalation.
"Our hearts yearn for more than just revenge or retribution," Dugin said in a statement Monday that added to those fears. "It’s too small, not the Russian style. We only need our Victory."
In a related story from NPR, six months ago, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The half-year mark comes on the same day — Aug. 24 — as a national holiday celebrating Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union, an event in 1991 noted for its lack of bloodshed. Today the holiday takes on new meaning for many Ukrainians, as the country continues to fight in what it calls a new "war for independence."
Over the course of six months, the war has captured the world's attention, disrupted the global distribution of food and fuel and left the country reeling. To understand some of the war's impact on Ukraine, here are six key numbers:
- Over 13 million Ukrainians have been displaced.
- Tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians may have lost their lives in the war.
- Russia occupies 20% of Ukrainian land.
- Dozens of countries have pledged billions of dollars in military aid since the war began.
- Ukraine's economy could shrink by as much as 45% because of the invasion.
- Bake sales, spare change and "St. Javelin" have raised over $500 million in private money to help Ukraine.