Putin warns of further retaliation, Biden to ask Congress for new aid package

President Joe Biden will ask Congress to fund a new Ukraine aid package on Thursday, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News, as the West steps up its support for Kyiv and embraces a more ambitious goal of weakening Russia in spite of intensifying threats and action from the Kremlin.

Biden’s White House remarks will come after President Vladimir Putin warned of “lightning-fast” retaliation attacks against any countries that interfered in Ukraine, where Russian forces increased their on the country’s east in search of a military breakthrough.

The Kremlin’s cut off gas supplies Poland and Bulgaria, two NATO members, left Europe to confront the prospect of an energy crisis as the conflict extends into a broader standoff with Russia over economic sanctions and military shipments.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Moscow of using gas and trade as a weapon, though his efforts to rally support for his country’s defensive cause appeared to be succeeding despite Putin’s efforts to weaken the West’s resolve. Zelenskyy will hold talks with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in Kyiv on Thursday, after Guterres met with Putin earlier this week to promote diplomacy and efforts to abandon civilians trapped in Mariupol.

For full coverage please click here.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.