CURRENT Joe Biden will speak from the White House today about the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
Biden The White House said it would provide updates on the US response to the escalation in Russia and Ukraine.
This will be Biden’s third in just a week, and come later Russian President Putin ordered troops to cross the Russian border amid a significant escalation of tensions.
In an even more encouraging development today, Russia’s parliament voted to authorize Vladimir Putin to use the armed forces abroad.
Russia’s terrifying advance began in the early hours, soon after Putin claims he has realized Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states in a bombastic televised address.
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Russian troops gather on Ukraine border
An estimated 150,000 Russian troops are concentrated in Ukraine border in the weeks before Putin moved to the country.
While calling the deployment of troops into eastern Ukraine an “invasion”, the White House also noted Russia has occupied the breakaway regions since 2014.
Putin detailed two additional conditions that could end the crisis, in addition to Ukraine abandoning its bid to join NATO.
Two other conditions include Kyiv recognizing Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea and partial demilitarization, AP news agency reported.
When is Biden scheduled to speak?
President Joe Biden has been scheduled to speak to the United States about the situation in Ukraine at 1 p.m. ET.
His comments were delayed as the press conference had yet to begin.
Putin urges Ukraine to bid for NATO
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the “best” solution to the Ukraine crisis would include Kyiv giving up her ambitions of becoming a NATO member and remaining neutral.
Putin’s comments came after Russia’s upper house of parliament allowed him to use the nation’s troops abroad.
Russian banks are sanctioned
Five Russian banks are being sanctioned of the United Kingdom, including Rossiya, IS Bank, General Bank, Promsvyazbank and Black Sea Bank.
Three wealthy oligarchs close to the Kremlin, Gennady Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg and Igor Rotenberg, will also be sanctioned.
Fear of ‘World War 3’
President of Russia By Vladimir Putin decision ordered the army to cross the Russian border marks the beginning of a much anticipated Invasion of Ukraineas the whole world held its breath waiting to see how the West would react.
Officials have warned that an escalation of the crisis could see Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War Two, leading to thousands of deaths and sparking a refugee crisis serious problems in Europe.
US moves embassy amid concerns
The US moves all embassy staff out of Ukraine after Vladimir Putin sent troops into rebel-held territories.
By Bloomberg Senior White House correspondent Jennifer Jacobs tweeted: “Admin Biden has ordered all remaining State Department employees to leave Ukraine.
“The embassy previously moved from Kyiv to the western city of Lviv. Now they are moving to Poland.”
What did Putin say about the ‘invasion’?
The President of Russia declared that the neighboring country of Ukraine “Belonging to Russia” as he continued his promises to take back the territory the country gave up when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Putin signed a decree recognizing the rebel republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in a move that destroys hopes for peace.
The UK also announced sanctions in response to Putin’s move into Ukraine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that sanctions had been imposed on five Russian banks and three wealthy individuals following Putin’s decision to recognize the two breakaway republics.
Johnson was quoted as saying that Putin was “making a pretext for an all-out invasion” of Ukraine.
Biden’s response to ‘invasion’
President Joe Biden responded to Putin’s order to send troops into Ukraine by announcing regulations restricting financial activities in the two regions.
Biden is expected to announce the new consequences on Tuesday, CNN reported.
Putin sends troops into Ukraine
Biden’s Tuesday press conference was his first public appearance since President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of the army to the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine.
Putin declared the two separatist-held areas independent before ordering Russian troops to enter them.
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