Starvation and Refugees Within Ukraine
As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, Ukraine’s logistics system begins to breakdown. Russian bombing campaigns have managed to greatly reduce both food production in Ukraine, as well as demolish large swathes of infrastructure in the smaller nation. As a consequence of this, the U.N.’s official states, Ukraine is running low on food.
Reuters: Ukraine’s food supply system is falling apart under Russia’s invasion, with infrastructure destroyed and shops and warehouses growing empty, the United Nations said on Friday.
Russia fired missiles at an airport near Lviv on Friday, a city where hundreds of thousands found refuge far from Ukraine’s battlefields, as Moscow tries to regain the initiative in its stalled campaign against Ukraine.
In addition to reduced food production and transportation capabilities, constant bombing and missile strikes continue to push Ukrainian refugees–many of whom had hunkered down in Lviv–further west and inevitably into neighboring nations such as Poland. Just three years after the official end of the Syrian refugee crisis, Europe is set to have another wave of refugees pouring in.
Biden Begging China
As all of this happens, Biden attempts to arrange talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to convince him to disavow Russia over new concerns that China will be bankrolling a prolonged Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Washington, which this week announced $800 million in new military aid to Kyiv, now says Moscow wants more from Beijing than just diplomatic cover, and has asked for money and weapons to keep the war going, which Moscow and Beijing deny.
The United States is concerned China is “considering directly assisting Russia with military equipment to use in Ukraine,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Frankly, Biden can’t even convince his own party to do one thing or another. Coupled with his historic softness on China, it’s unlikely that anything will come from these meetings.