Currents News Staff
A mass exodus.
The United Nations says more than two million Ukrainians have fled the country to escape violence.“It’s no rules,” said Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko. “Right now we see how many schools, preschools are destroyed?”
Russia’s latest agreement to allow evacuations is met with international skepticism. A Ukrainian maternity hospital was bombed. Ukrainian officials blame Russia and accuse Russian troops of blocking 50 evacuation buses out of a Kyiv suburb.
In the U.S., Vice president Kamala Harris went to Poland under a cloud of uncertainty. The U.S. was caught off guard and rejected Poland’s proposal to transfer fighter jets to the U.S., then give to Ukraine.
“The prospect of fighter jets at the disposal of the U.S. government departing from a US-NATO base in Germany to fly into contested airspace raises concerns for the entire NATO alliance,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Meanwhile, NATO is ramping up its defense deployment to counter any potential threat to NATO allies. The U.S. is sending two high-end air defense “Patriot Missile Batteries” to Poland.
Private companies are also hitting back at Moscow. Starbucks, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola join a growing list of Western companies pulling out of Russia.
“His economy is in tatters,” said the Biden Administration’s Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh.