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J. Stephen Morrison and Justin Kenny. "Ukraine: The Human Price of War Episode 4." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 25, 2022. Accessed November 30, 2022. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/ukraine-the-human-price-of-war-episode-4/

At the three-month mark of Russia's invasion, Ukraine, while fragile and vulnerable, is surviving. In the face of a long and bloody war of attrition unfolding in the East and the South, as Russia blockades Ukraine's access to the Black Sea, the human toll for Ukraine's citizens is likely to worsen. Can massive Western assistance reach Ukraine in time to defeat Putin? Can the transatlantic alliance hold together under mounting stress? An exceptionally high volume of Russian attacks on healthcare persists, drawing the condemnation of the World Health Organization leadership. An historic moment in international justice may be emerging, when it is possible to bring Russian war criminals to justice.

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At the three-month mark of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine, while fragile and vulnerable, is surviving. In the face of a long and bloody war of attrition unfolding in the East and the South, as Russia blockades Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea, the human toll for Ukraine’s citizens is likely to worsen. Can massive Western assistance reach Ukraine in time to defeat Putin? Can the transatlantic alliance hold together under mounting stress? An exceptionally high volume of Russian attacks on healthcare persists, drawing the condemnation of the World Health Organization leadership. An historic moment in international justice may be emerging, when it is possible to bring Russian war criminals to justice.

The episode features Nick Schifrin, Foreign Affairs & Defense Correspondent at PBS Newshour; Derek Chollet, Counselor at the United States Department of State; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative in Ukraine at the World Health Organization; Oleksii Laramenko, Deputy Minister for European Integration at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine; Anzhela Moiseienko, Chairman of the Board at 100% Life Chernihiv Network; Apoorva Mandavilli, Reporter at the New York Times; Len Rubenstein, Director, Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict and Author of Perilous Medicine (2021); Judyth Twigg, Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University; Max Bergmann, Director of the CSIS Europe Program; Seth G. Jones, CSIS Senior Vice President and Harold Brown Chair/Director of the CSIS International Security Program; and J. Stephen Morrison, CSIS Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center.

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Ukraine: The Human Price of War Episode 1

Russia has shown a pattern of indiscriminate violence in their past behavior in Syria and Chechnya, historically taking a "scorched earth" approach that targets civilian populations and medical infrastructure. On days 8 and 9 of the invasion, Seth G. Jones, Marti Flacks, Jacob Kurtzer, Leonard Rubenstein, and Alla Soroka-Krotova assess the rapid escalation of the war thus far and look forward to the dangerous days ahead.