President Joe Biden boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, en route to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Stephanie Chasez

Russia initiates raid against Ukraine

Kremlin claims their invasion is “to protect the [rebels for a sovereign Donbass] who have been tortured for eight years by the Ukrainian regime.”

Early Thursday morning, the Russian military launched airstrikes against Ukraine, citing they were backing Ukranians who want to be annexed from the country. Invading the bordering country by land, air and sea, the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the State Department reported that Russia’s full-scale attack has already targeted “a number of major Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Mariupol, and others.”

Following the military move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that armed forces would target Ukrainian “military infrastructure, air defense facilities, military airfields, and aviation.” He also warned that any country that dares to interfere would “lead to consequences you have never seen in history.”

The locations of the attacks in western Ukraine now forces the U.S. to take action, said Dr. Sherice J. Nelson, a political science professor and international relations expert. While Ukraine is not a member of NATO, it’s neighboring Poland is, thus placing a NATO member too close to the conflict. 

In response, President Joe Biden put out a statement calling the military operation “an unprovoked and unjustified attack,” and assured that the Administration would “coordinate with . . . NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression.” 

For months, the talks of war steadily grew. To assist in preparing the fairly young nation-state, the U.S. provided military arms and training to Ukraine, as well as money to beef up the defense budget of a nation-state surrounded on three of its four borders by Russia.

Now, Ukraine has declared a state of emergency. In the order, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared martial law. Also he has urged citizens to remain calm. AP News reported civilians fleeing impacted cities.

President Biden messaged that he has already spoken to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the steps the U.S. is taking to “rally international condemnation, including tonight at the UN Security Council.”

President Biden will be meeting with G7 members on Thursday.

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