Ukraine Update 9 March, 2022 (AM)

  • The US rejection of Poland’s proposal to provide its MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters to Ukraine yesterday has caused some friction in US-Poland relations. The Polish government had announced that it was placing its MiGs at the disposal of the United States to supply to Ukraine. Washington was surprised by the offer and wasted little time in rejecting it. The Ukrainian government has been pleading for more aircraft and Poland appears to be the only nation to take the notion seriously. Warsaw’s proposal, if enacted, would’ve kept its hands clean and placed the US in the position of possibly being labeled a co-combatant by Moscow. The issue will undoubtedly come up when Vice President Harris arrives in Eastern Europe later today to seek additional support for US efforts to isolate and punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
  • The Kremlin is accusing the United States of waging economic war and Russia and warned that Washington’s efforts will wreak havoc throughout energy markets. The Russian government has said it is considering how to respond to the ban on Russian oil and energy.
  • There continue to be reports Russian forces causing problems along evacuation routes and humanitarian corridors that have been established. In the city of Bucha, north of Kiev, the city council claims that Russian troops are blocking evacuation routes and causing a backup of buses filled with evacuees.
  • In Mariupol, the city council claims a Russian airstrike has destroyed a children’s hospital. Official reports from the Ukrainian government claim there are children trapped in the rubble right now and that rescue efforts are underway.

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