Joe Biden’s visit to Poland boded well for Ukrainians, but also strong language against Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are seizing positions on military soil.
Tensions between Biden and the Kremlin are rising
On Saturday, Joe Biden reiterated that the United States did not want to come into conflict with Russian forces that had invaded Ukraine, but he strongly warned Moscow: “Don’t even think about moving an inch into NATO territory.”
In Warsaw, US President Joe Biden also declared that Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power” after Russia invaded Ukraine. But the President of the United States had not called for “regime change” in Russia, a White House official clarified, immediately firing back at the unexpected response from Moscow: Dmitri Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, also believed that ” personal insults of this nature narrow the field of opportunity for our bilateral relations with the current American administration”. Not enough to slow down Joe Biden, who drove the point home during a speech to a thousand people at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, directly challenging the “Russian people” and making sure he didn’t view him as an “enemy” but judging that the war in Ukraine with its atrocities was not “worthy” of him.
Warplanes promised to the Ukrainians
“The United States has assured us that it has no objection to the relocation of the planes,” wrote Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba, who met US President Joe Biden during his visit to Poland this morning. “The ball is now in Poland’s hands,” he added.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for the delivery of more weapons in his last video on Saturday evening. “What is NATO doing? Is it being led by Russia? What are you waiting for?” he criticized.
Ukrainian counterattacks begin to bear fruit
In 2021, Ukrainian forces successfully counterattacked in the region of Zaporizhia, an oblast on the Dnieper with a population of 722,713. After fierce fighting against the Russian occupiers, the villages of Poltavka and Malynivka were released overnight.
Cries of victory also came from Trostianets, a town of 20,000 in Sumy Oblast, not far from the border with Russia. The city, occupied by Russian forces since March 1, 2022, was recaptured by Ukrainian forces, who raised their flags over the main buildings on Saturday, March 26.
Bad times for senior Russian officers
Kyiv on Saturday announced the death of a seventh senior Russian military official in Ukraine. Russia has so far confirmed the deaths of two top personnel, including General Andrei Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of the 41st Army, after serving in Syria in 2018-2019.
Another general, Vladislav Yerchov, was also removed from his post by the Kremlin because of heavy casualties suffered by Russian troops, according to Western officials.
139 Ukrainian children killed in 31 days
As of March 27, 139 children have been killed and more than 205 injured in Russia’s war against Ukraine. According to Ukrainian authorities, the majority of child victims occurred in Kyiv, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Zhytomyr and Sumy.
England and France are active in the diplomatic field
As Joe Biden unleashes his blows against the Kremlin’s master, British diplomacy leaves open the possibility of lifting sanctions on Russia in exchange for a total ceasefire in Ukraine. Also, Emmanuel Macron, the French President, said yesterday that he would have another phone call with Putin within 24 or 48 hours.