Russia invades Ukraine: Tell us your story

A full-scale attack began Thursday. As world leaders respond, we want to hear from people in Washington state affected by the unfolding crisis.

Demonstrators with Ukrainian flag

Pro-Ukraine demonstrators unfurl a large Ukraine flag in a park in New York across the street from the United Nations, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. World leaders Thursday condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine as "barbaric" and moved to slap unprecedented economic sanctions on Moscow and those close to President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The world is watching after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. World leaders, including NATO allies, moved to condemn Russia and enact unprecedented sanctions, according to incoming reporting from the Associated Press. 

The New York Times also has several live reports documenting the tens of thousands of Ukrainians and international civilians attempting to flee or seek shelter. The Kremlin advanced into Ukraine from three sides and hit dozens of targets across the country with missiles, including all military airports, according to reports from the Associated Press

Crude oil prices already jumped Thursday, reports the Washington Post. Since Russia has a large global fuel supply, Americans will likely see prices at the pump rise as consequences from Putin's actions intensify.

More than 50,000 people of Ukrainian ancestry live in Washington state, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. More than half that population lives in the Seattle metro area, according to 2014 reporting from KUOW.

As events unfold, Crosscut hopes to share stories from anyone who might be personally affected — people from Ukraine, with family or friends there, business ties or other connections. It's part of our mission as a local news organization to report how major global events impact you and your communities. 

The form below invites anyone willing to share their story with us. We will not republish any submissions without the author's explicit permission. If you provide your contact information, one of our reporters may follow up with you as part of a story they're working on. 

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