Central Intelligence Agency director William J. Burns said that Putin may turn nuclear to claim victory in conquering Ukraine to stop the offensives against them. This is the first time the White House has brought up this concern during the seven weeks of war in Ukraine. Burns has dealt with Putin very often and he served as the American ambassador to Russia.
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The skies are shrouded with blanketed tones of grey and white. Debris of the building’s last remnant bodies lie everywhere. Piercing shrikes of missiles can be heard from a distance, yet many wonder when this war will come to an end. Russian troops are advancing the city of Lviv where seven people were killed.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden made an announcement that the United States would be sending an additional $800 million to Ukraine for military weapons. They are expecting a larger assault coming from Russia and would be armed with heavier artillery. The military aid would include artillery systems, artillery rounds, armored personnel carriers and unmanned coastal defense boats.
Ukraine and Russia have been going through multiple peace talks throughout the Ukrainian war. The peace talks are progressing to find a compromise from the two nations, but it is an inevitable thought in many people’s minds that Russia may be using this as a chance to regroup their military. During the meeting, Russia showed that they were not rushing to end the conflict.
According to the US Treasury Department, in addition to Lukashenko, several Russians who have either been involved in suppressing Russian protest or responsible for the occupation in Ukraine have been targeted with sanctions for human rights abuses, including eleven Russian military leaders.
On Tuesday, President Biden announced that the United States is banning all imports of Russian oil, gas and energy in an effort to target the Russian economy’s “main artery” during Putin’s attack on Ukraine.
After going more than a week under Russian attack, Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, met with over 280 members of Congress via Zoom on Saturday morning, March 5th, 2022. Zelenskyy outlined the ways that the U.S. can help Ukraine fight against Russia; he requested additional airplanes, stoppage of oil purchases from Russia and a no-fly zone over Ukrainian airspace. While both Democrats and Republicans pledged to do whatever they can to provide assistance to the Ukrainian people, the Biden administration argued against establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine, suggesting it might escalate the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The New York Times reports from a western intelligence report that senior Chinese officials told Russian officials in early February to delay their invasion of Ukraine until after the Winter Olympics, hosted in Beijing, China. The Times article suggests that the Chinese officials had some prior knowledge of Russia’s plan to attack Ukraine. Before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on February 4th, almost a month ago, Russian leader President Vladimir Putin met with China’s leader, President Xi Jinping. There, they issue a statement declaring their partnership has “no limits.”