Secretary Blinken Warns Russia Not to Attack Ukraine

Russia sends bombers amid Belarus border crisis. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated concern that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may be considering a new invasion of Ukraine. He stated on Wednesday, “We don’t have clarity into Moscow’s intentions, but we do know its playbook. And our concern is that Russia may make the serious mistake of attempting to rehash what it undertook back in 2014, when it amassed forces along the border, crossed into sovereign Ukrainian territory, and did so claiming, falsely, that it was provoked.” 

The secretary of state issued the warning alongside Ukraine’s foreign minister, who said that Russia is playing “a very complicated game” that could soon erupt into a new crisis on NATO’s eastern flank. 

A spokesman for the Kremlin said, “A looming humanitarian catastrophe is evident against the background of the unwillingness of our European colleagues to demonstrate the adherence to their European values. We are indeed worried over this.” 

Secretary Blinken affirmed that the United States is willing to provide “lethal defensive weapons to defend against any Russian aggression,” while emphasizing that the U.S. has little patience for Russian claims of anxiety about NATO or Ukrainian military maneuvers. “Our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, to its independence, to its territorial integrity is ironclad,” the secretary said. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Blinken, Defense Secretary Austin, and others on the president’s security team as they watch carefully the actions of Russia as it relates to Ukraine. 
  • For administration officials as they address tensions that exist between the United States and Russia, as well as those with China. 

Sources: Washington Examiner, Reuters 


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