The Pentagon warned Russia is likely gearing up to strengthen its assault on the Donbas region of Ukraine. Department of Defense spokesperson John Kirby said during a press conference on Monday, U.S. Intelligence has found Russia is trying to re-supply its troops to prepare for a push in Eastern Ukraine.
The House of Representatives passed a bill suspending regular trade relations with Russia for it’s invasion of Ukraine. In a 424-to-eight vote on Thursday, House lawmakers voted in support of removing permanent normal trade relations status with Russia and Belarus to inflict economic pain on Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, once again, plead to Congress for a humanitarian no-fly zone. He appeared virtually to members in the Visitor Center Auditorium on Capitol Hill Wednesday, asking Congress for increased sanctions and restrictions on all Russian politicians.
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) anticipates a deep recession in Russia as the nation’s economy continues its downward spiral. In an interview on Sunday, Kristalina Georgieva said the impact of sanctions have been quite severe for the Russian economy and the ruble has significantly depreciated.