Ukraine Response: President Biden Begins Week of Talks With European Leaders

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Russian President Vladimir Putin seems undeterred by increasing civilian casualties in Ukraine.

“Civilians,” said one civilian fleeing violence, “they (the Russians) killed all the civilians. These bastards, reptiles, parasites. They don’t fight troops. They fight people.”

This week, the White House is expanding its efforts to help. President Joe Biden is holding a call with European leaders this morning. Then he’s talking with American CEOs about the war.

On Wednesday, he travels to Europe for an emergency NATO summit. He’ll visit Warsaw, Poland on Friday for talks with that country’s president about Russia’s war in Ukraine. Also, the president got another personal invitation.

“Why don’t he visit Kyiv next week as a symbol of our solidarity?” asked the former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian capital is a war zone right now, so Biden does not plan to stop there. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has his own ideas of what he’d like in the president’s agenda.

“What I would like to see the president do is to reassure our eastern block allies,” said McConnel.

The Ukrainian people are begging Biden and the U.S. to offer more support. The besieged city of Mariupol refused Russia’s demand to surrender today. The Ukrainian president says he’s ready to talk to Putin at any time.

But he’s worried, if talks fail. 

“That would mean,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky, “that this is a third world war.”