Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, will go to a town near the Polish-Ukrainian border on Friday to show that the United States will not back down in the face of a Russian invasion that has turned into a long, hard fight. Rzeszow, a city in eastern Poland, is where Air Force One will land. It’s less than 80 kilometers (50 miles) from a war-torn country that’s still trying to fight off a brutal Russian attack. Biden has said that “World War III” could still happen because of the month-old conflict in Ukraine. The trip is meant to show that Washington is willing to protect NATO allies. There were three summits in Brussels on Thursday. European Union, NATO, and G7 leaders were afraid of more violence, so they didn’t give Ukraine more advanced weapons systems or a blanket embargo on Russian oil and gas.
That led Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to question whether some of his country’s allies, especially those in Europe, were doing enough and quickly enough. “You have put sanctions on yourself. We are thankful. These are strong steps. Then, it was a little late “Then, he told EU leaders via video link that the invasion and untold bloodshed could have been stopped. With his calls for fighter jets, missile defense systems, tanks, armored vehicles, and anti-ship missiles seemingly stalled, he warned Europeans about the costs of delaying them any longer. This is what he said:
Each EU member state was named one by one, and he thanked countries like Poland and Estonia for their support. He said Germany’s support came “a little later” and singled out Hungary for criticism. Right-wing populist leader Viktor Orban: “You have to decide for yourself who you want to be with.” Zelensky said that more weapons and more pressure on Moscow were needed to help besieged cities in Ukraine. Do you know what’s going on in Mariupol? He asked. “There is no time to think. It’s time to decide.”
Some people in the West are worried that giving more and more lethal weapons to Ukraine could make things even worse for them. It’s already been said that Russia used phosphorus bombs and shelled civilian areas indiscriminately, which the United States has called a war crime. And the Kremlin has made it clear that it won’t rule out using nuclear weapons while producing a steady stream of lies about chemical and biological weapons that Washington says could be used as cover for Moscow’s use of them. NATO leaders decided to strengthen their chemical and nuclear defenses on Thursday. They also announced that more troops would be sent to Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Bulgaria in case Russia moves its attack beyond Ukraine.
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People from the US 82nd Airborne Division, which is part of NATO’s growing force on its eastern border, will meet with Vice President Biden when he goes to Poland next month. He will also get a report on the terrible humanitarian situation in Ukraine, which has caused more than 3.5 million people to flee the country, mostly to Poland. Over half of Ukraine’s children have been forced to leave their homes, says Catherine Russell, the head of Unicef. This is “a grim milestone that could have long-term consequences for generations to come,” she says.
Sobbing 37-year-old Vasiliy Kravchuk said that every day, he and his family go to the basement to hide. This is hard for me because my wife is pregnant and I have a little boy. If you look at the early signs, both sides look like they’re preparing for a long and bloody war that neither side can easily win. “It is clear that the operation will go on until the goals set by the president of the country are met,” former President Dmitry Medvedev told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. About 100,000 people are said to be stuck in the southern port city of Mariupol, where supplies of food, water, and power are running out. Russian forces are slowly grinding the city to dust.
It looks like Russia’s highly censored media has shown aerial footage that looks like it came from the city of Mariupol. It shows charred and pocked apartment blocks spread across a singed and blackened landscape. Presenters blamed Ukraine’s “nationalists” for the destruction.