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Crisis Continues in Ukraine

We move now to the latest happenings in Ukraine.

Right now international investigations into potential war crimes and atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine are underway.

The U.S. State Department says it fully supports the probe and now a senior U.S. Defense official says most of Ukraine is covered by some sort of Russian surface to air missile capabilities.

Cole Higgins has the latest.

Back to back explosions ringing out from the darkness

And lighting up the pitch black sky in the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv

Where people resisting Russia’s lethal invasion are setting up tires at the city’s entrances to set ablaze when Russian forces approach

“We will fight and defend our land no matter what the price.”

Despite using all of the forces it had concentrated in and around Ukraine

Russia is still making very little progress

NATO’s current intelligence assessment suggests Russian forces are unlikely to make much progress in the foreseeable future

“He has no sustainable political endgame in the face of what is going to be continued resistance from Ukrainians.”

“Our analysts assess that Putin is unlikely to be deterred by such setbacks and instead may escalate, essentially doubling down to achieve Ukrainian disarmament neutrality to prevent it from further integrating with the US and NATO if it doesn’t reach diplomatic negotiation. We assess Putin feels aggrieved the West does not give him proper deference and perceives this as a war he cannot afford to lose.”

A top U.S. State Department Official says she believes the war will only end “When Putin realizes that this adventure has put his own leadership standing at risk, with his own military, with his own people.”

 

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