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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 866,540; Tuesday, 868,512; Wednesday, 872,126.
Russia is conducting military drills and has 127,000 troops swarmed along the Ukraine border including in Belarus, and the United States and NATO are prepared to use troops and weapons shipments to defend Ukraine and its neighbors and punish Russia if it invades.
President BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE said Tuesday he would consider sanctioning Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinActing U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: Embassy families evacuated out of ‘abundance of caution’ Overnight Energy & Environment — ‘Forever chemical’ suits face time crunch US shipment of military equipment, munitions arrives in Ukraine MORE specifically, along with other Russian targets for punishment, if Putin decides to invade Ukraine. “If he were to move in with all those forces, it’d be the largest invasion since World War II. It would change the world,” Biden told reporters.
The Kremlin uses propaganda to complain the aggressors are the U.S. and NATO, not Russia (The New York Times). On Tuesday as Russian military drills continued (pictured above), Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said Moscow was watching NATO troop movements “with profound concern” (The New York Times).
There is a risk U.S. messaging, which includes putting 8,500 troops on “high alert” for possible deployment to NATO’s eastern frontier, could provoke the Kremlin further or at least be used to justify a more aggressive posture. Ukraine is publicly playing down imminent risk…