After officials from Kyiv extended an invitation, Jen Psaki (White House Press Secretary) announced Sunday that Joe Biden would not visit Ukraine this week during his European trip. This was in spite of Russia’s war.
Psaki posted, “We will have more details about @potus’ trip to Europe to announce late today,”
She stated that the trip would be focused on continuing the rallying of the world against the invasion of Ukraine by President Putin. However, there is no plan to travel to Ukraine.
U.S. The U.S. Embassy Linda Thomas Greenfield stated earlier Sunday that Biden was not interested in visiting war-torn Afghanistan.
“This country is at war.” When asked by Jake Tapper about Biden’s visit to Ukraine, Thomas-Greenfield stated that he couldn’t think of a country at war.
Biden, who is on vacation in Delaware for the weekend, was photographed Sunday riding his bike through Rehoboth Beach.
While President Joe Biden has been invited to visit Russia, Biden won’t be stopping by Ukraine. Biden rides a bicycle in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, March 20, 2022
White House Jen Psaki tweeted: “We will have more details about @potus’ trip to Europe to reveal later today.”
Ukraine now faces its 25th attack by Russia. The United Nations has reported that 900 civilians were killed since the invasion on February 24. Pictured: Ukrainian firefighters and security teams response to a building hit by Russian missiles in Kyiv, Ukraine on Sunday March 20
While President Biden rode his bike in Delaware, his Secret Service entourage accompanied him. This was ahead of his trip to Brussels to meet with NATO Allies.
In the meantime, Ukraine was under Russian attack for the 25th time. According to United Nations statistics, this has resulted in the deaths of over 900 civilians.
Local authorities in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol say that the Russian military bombed an art school where about 400 people had taken refuge – reducing the building to rubble, although there is no immediate word on casualties.
The terrifying footage of Russia’s firing thermobaric TOS-1A missiles that can melt human organs has been captured.
Officials from Ukraine’s Eastern City of Kharkiv claim that at least five civilians were killed during the recent Russian bombardment. This includes a young boy who is nine years old.
Ihor Zahovka, the chief diplomat adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, said that Biden shouldn’t be afraid to travel to Kyiv if he is brave.
Biden is invited to Brussels to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit (NATO) this week.
Zhovka asked that Biden help Ukraine acquire U.S. weapons. These include missiles, fighter jets, and other types.
He also attacked Ukraine’s allies and claimed Zelensky was ‘disappointed’ in NATO and the U.S’s rejection of the request by the country to establish a no fly zone over their airspace.
‘If NATO is not able to provide us with a humanitarian no-fly zone, please provide us with fighter jets, please provide us with anti-missile air defense systems,’ Zhovka said during a CNN interview, Mediaite reported. So, the president will do this. He talked about it in Congress. This is something he talks about every day.
Biden, which hasn’t publicly ruled on Zelensky’s request, had been warned this week that the imposition of a no-flyzone would be an “act of war”. Biden is yet to decide how he will proceed.
Ukrainian President Zelensky’s chief diplomatic adviser Ihor Zhovkva (pictured) invited Biden to visit Kyiv next week amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country, saying ‘one should not be afraid to – if you are brave’
Zelenksy explained that he is disappointed in NATO and the U.S.’s rejection of Ukraine’s request for a no fly zone to be imposed over their airspace.
Zhovka noted that leaders from three countries visited Kyiv, and they met Zelensky.
‘Well, you know, just this week, three prime ministers of three friendly nations – Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovenia – visited, personally, Kyiv, and they met personally with President Zelensky,’ he responded.
“So why?” [doesn’t]Are President Biden and the Ukrainian president going to Ukraine?
Zhovka responded to a question regarding the danger that Biden would travel to Kyiv. He said, “It is definitely dangerous when there are wars against my country and wars in Europe.”
It is unclear if Biden will accept Zhovka and Zelensky’s invitation, which comes as Ukraine is set to receive a new shipment of U.S. weapons within days, including javelin and stinger missiles.
“The (weapons), will soon be on the country’s territory in the near future. “We are speaking about days,” Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council confirmed Saturday in a live televised interview.
Ukraine has received planeloads full of arms shipments from its allies to help it fight the Russian invasion. Russia has condemned such NATO member state delivery of weapons shipments.
As Ukraine prepares to receive an additional shipment of U.S. arms within the coming days (Pictured here: The destruction of a residential block in Kyiv by Russian Missile Strike on Saturday).
Allies of Ukraine have sent planeloads full of arms shipments to help strengthen its defense against Russian aggression. On Saturday, smoke rose over Kyiv
The West and Ukraine claim Russia’s invasion is a failure partly due to the fierce resistance of Ukraine, low planning and poor morale from Russian forces.
A US intelligence estimate estimates that between 14,000 to 21,000 soldiers have been wounded in the fighting and that 7000 Russian troops were killed, with four of these being the generals.
According to Moscow’s Defense Ministry, less than 500 soldiers were killed.
Heavy losses have also been suffered by the Ukrainian military, which is likely to be even more than 1,300 troops that Kyiv confirmed were killed.
According to the Ukrainian military, Russia lost 466 tanks and 115 helicopters as well as 914 vehicles, 95 planes, 213 artillery system, 44 anti-aircraft guns, 60 fuel tanks, and 95 aircraft. Russia did not respond to Kyiv’s most recent estimates and could not independently verify the information.
According to a military spokesperson, these estimates were made as Russia launched its hypersonic missile first attack against Ukraine.
Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson, stated that the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles destroyed the underground storage area containing missiles and ammunition for Ukrainian troops living in western Ivano-Frankivsk.
Konashenkov claimed that Russian forces used Bastion, an anti-ship missile defense system, to target Ukrainian military facilities close to Odesa on the Black Sea.
Ukrainian soldiers are seen standing guard in front of the damaged Russian military car. They were crossing the bridge on Saturday along the road east of Kyiv.
Ukrainians inspect a Kyiv building that has been partially destroyed by Russian missiles on Saturday
According to the World Health Organisation, there have been 43 terrorist attacks against hospitals and other health care facilities. Twelve people were killed and 34 others injured.
Antony Blinken (US Secretary of State) stated that American officials are evaluating possible war crimes. He also said that Russia’s intentional targeting of civilians will have’massive implications’.
The United Nations political chief, undersecretary-general, Rosemary DiCarlo, also called for an investigation into civilian casualties, reminding the UN Security Council that international humanitarian law bans direct attacks on civilians.
According to her, many daily attacks on Ukrainian cities are ‘indiscriminate’. They involve the use ‘explosive weapon with wide range of impact’. DiCarlo claimed that devastation at Mariupol (and Kharkiv) ‘raises grave concerns about what will happen to millions of Kyivans and other cities under increasing attack’.
Many civilians are believed to have sought shelter in a columned, grand theatre at the center of the city when it was attacked by a Russian strike on Wednesday. It was unclear what their fate would be on Friday. Conflicting reports disputed whether anybody had survived the wreckage.
Officials state that communication is disrupted throughout the city. They also claim that movement is slow due to shelling and fighting.