Wednesday, March 9, 2022

This pusillanimous Biden

Biden sends two Patriot missile batteries to Poland after calling plan to send all their MIG-29 jets to Ukraine 'unworkable': VP Harris will arrive in Warsaw today as 'hand-to-hand' combat breaks out in Kyiv suburbs

  • The United States is sending two Patriot missile batteries to Poland as a 'defensive deployment' 
  • The missiles are designed to counter and destroy incoming short-range ballistic missiles, advanced aircraft and cruise missiles
  • Kamala Harris will arrive in Poland on Wednesday for a three-day visit to Warsaw and the Romanian capital, Bucharest
  • The White House said the trip was designed to see how the US can further support Ukraine's neighboring nations
  • Her high-stakes visit comes after the Pentagon poured cold water on Poland's offer to hand all its MiG-29 fighter jets to the US 
  • The idea has been floating around for more than a week after Ukraine pleaded for more aircraft  
  • Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Tuesday night the deal was unworkable and would cause serious concerns for the 'entire NATO alliance' 
  • The plan to deliver Soviet-era planes to Ukraine has stalled over fears it could escalate Russian aggression
  • Poland said it was placing the jets at the 'disposal of the government of the United States of America'
  • That suggests Poland is trying to push Washington to go further in backing Ukraine with weaponry 
  • Biden administration officials said the Polish announcement had taken them by surprise
  • In the Kyiv suburb of Iripin, 20 miles from the city center, there were reports of hand-to-hand combat between Russian invaders and Ukrainian defense forces 

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