As I post this there reports are that the Ukrainian President will visit Congress tomorrow Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022….
If this information is being blasted all over the public?
Zelensky could be on American soil already…
He will no doubt meet with members of the American Congress and President Biden to plea for support, aid. and heavier duty weapons to fight the Russian’s…(Russian President Putin has been traveling around the last few months and just came back from Belarus….Zelensky’s wife has been in America and other countries since the conflict with the Russian’s)
While some Republican lawmakers have said they’d cut off aid to the Ukraine….
They will NOT tell that to Zelensky’s face and the media will record his trip extensively ….
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine is expected to make a daring trip on Wednesday to meet with President Biden at the White House and address Congress in person, according to four people familiar with the planning.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of concerns about Mr. Zelensky’s safety, cautioned that the plans were not final and could change. The risks involved in such a visit — with the wartime leader leaving his country for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine — are high, and tight secrecy would surround any such effort.
Mr. Zelensky is expected to join Mr. Biden at the White House for an announcement on Wednesday — likely to include a pledge by the Biden administration of a new round of military assistance — before heading to Capitol Hill for a prime time speech, according to two people familiar with the planning.
White House officials declined on Tuesday evening to confirm a meeting between the two presidents.
There were suggestions that an unusual session of Congress was in the works. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California earlier on Tuesday sent a letter to all House lawmakers asking them to attend the Wednesday night session in person, even though lawmakers retain the ability to vote remotely.
“We are ending a very special session of the 117th Congress with legislation that makes progress for the American people as well as support for our democracy. Please be present for a very special focus on Democracy Wednesday night,” Ms. Pelosi wrote…..
Here’s what we know:
A risky trip to Washington would be the first time the Ukrainian leader left his country since Russia invaded in February.
Zelensky is expected to make a trip to Washington to meet Biden and address Congress on Wednesday.
Ukrainian and Russian medal ceremonies offer a stark contrast on the war’s 300th day.
Congress’s sprawling spending bill includes more than $44 billion for Ukraine.
A Times investigation tracks the Ukrainian cultural sites destroyed in the war.
At a holiday celebration in southern Ukraine, ‘kids still need miracles.’
Canada targets a Russian oligarch’s assets to redistribute in Ukraine.
Acknowledging struggles in the war, Putin orders his security services to intensify their efforts.
The U.S. says Russian officials are torn over whether to launch a new offensive this winter….
Russian President Vladamir Putin, meanwhile, held a government award ceremony in the Kremlin, which celebrated one of the fiercest war proponents state-run media network RT’s chief Margarita Simonyan, who thanked him for “whacking the cannibals” in Ukraine.
In an address to mark Security Forces’ Day in Russia, Putin made a rare admission that conditions were “extremely difficult” in the four Ukrainian regions that Russia had illegally claimed to annex in September. “Yes, it is difficult for you now,” he said in a speech. “But the people living there, the citizens of Russia, are relying on you, on your protection. And it is your duty to do everything necessary to ensure their safety.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its impact across the globe.
- “The East is holding out because Bakhmut is fighting.This is the fortress of our morale,” Zelensky said in a Telegram post. “In fierce battles and at the cost of many lives, freedom is being defended here for all of us.”
- In his speech, Putin called for the surveillance work of the Federal Security Services, or FSB, to be “strengthened” to combat any “new threats” that could emerge across Russia’s borders.
- Russia is conflicted about launching a new offensive in Ukraine, a senior U.S. State Department official said Tuesday. Some Russian officials are eager to capture more Ukrainian territory and others are concerned about whether Russian forces have the necessary equipment and ammunition to undertake such a military operation, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military matters. “Certainly there are some who I think would want to pursue offensives in Ukraine,” the official said. “There are others who have real questions about the capacity for Russia to actually do that.”
- Russia is facing “very significant shortages of ammunition,” which is “increasingly a problem” for Kremlin forces,” the senior State Department official said. Russia has recruited hundreds of thousands of new fighters from its population but large numbers of those civilians do not have military training, said the official. “These are often not cohesive units.” Even as winter weather worsens, Ukrainian forces remain committed to fighting, the official said. “The Ukrainians themselves show no intention of slowing down within the constraints of the weather,” he said.
- A gas pipeline explosion in Russia on Tuesday killed three workers and put the pipeline, which supplies Ukraine, out of service, according to a local official and Russian media reports. Oleg Nikolayev, head of Chuvashia, the region where the accident took place, said gas had flared up as four people were working on the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline. Only one survived. The export pipeline carries gas from Russia to Ukraine. Nikolayev said it remained unclear when the pipeline would resume operation; a former official in Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations told Russian media outlet RIA Novosti repairs could take three days.
- Russia intends to send Iran “advanced military components” in exchange for more than 300 kamikaze drones Iran has supplied Russia, U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Parliament Tuesday. The move would undermine “both Middle East and international security” so “we must expose that deal,” he added. Wallace also said Britain is helping Ukraine to “better coordinate and synchronize their air defense,” helping the Ukrainian military target incoming Russian or Iranian-made drones.
- Russia and China are using shared techniques to undermine NATO, Julianne Smith, the U.S. ambassador to the transatlantic alliance, warned. The two countries are “increasingly sharing a toolkit” that includes threats to energy supplies and cybersecurity, she said in an interview with the Financial Times.
- U.S. lawmakers unveiled a roughly $1.7 trillion deal to fund the U.S. government through most of 2023, a measure that would include an additional $44.9 billion in emergency military and economic assistance for Ukraine. They have until the end of Friday to approve the financial package.
- Canada started the process of seizing $26 million from a company owned by Roman Abramovich, the sanctioned Russian oligarch, the federal government said Monday. It’s the first time Ottawa has used new powers that allow it to seize assets belonging to sanctioned people. “Putin’s oligarchs are complicit in Russia’s illegal and barbaric invasion of Ukraine,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said. “Canada will not be a haven for their ill-gotten gains.”
- Zelensky’s visit to embattled Bakhmut on Tuesdaybrought him into the vicinity of artillery barrages.
- Russian officials said Tuesday that Ukranian shells had hit a village near Kursk, Russia. Houses were damaged, the regional governor wrote on Telegram. Ukrainian officials did not immediately comment on the claim.
- Putin’s visit to a military headquarters last week was “choreographed” to demonstrate “collective responsibility” for the war, Britain’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The meeting, on Dec. 16 at the Joint Headquarters of the Special Military Operation, Russia’s euphemism for the invasion of Ukraine, “likely aimed to deflect Putin’s responsibility for military failure, high fatality rates and increasing public dissatisfaction from mobilisation,” the ministry’s daily update said.
- The self-declared breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic has reportedly clashed with other Russian occupation authorities over basic administration procedures, indicating there are tensions and a lack of cohesion between the various Kremlin-backed administrations, analysts at the Institute for the Study of War think tank said…..
Update….Zelensky on the ground at Joint Base Andrews around 12:45 PM EST….
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