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Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Life in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine has changed” – below is their description.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine four months ago, getting information about life in the regions Russian forces have occupied has become increasingly difficult.
Russia’s invasion ended access to Ukrainian products, but those produced in Russia are expensive and take time to arrive, and Russia is phasing out Ukraine’s currency in favour of its own roubles, which are not always easy for Ukrainians to access.
Large protests against the occupation in the initial stages after the invasion are now rare but a resistance movement is beginning to appear.
Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south.
Russia spans more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country’s capital.
The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 and since 1993 Russia been governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Russia is a major great power, with the world’s second-most powerful military, and the fourth-highest military expenditure. As a recognised nuclear-weapon state, the country possesses the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.