US diplomats made their long awaited return to Ukraine amidst the ongoing crisis. Personnel at the embassy were moved out of the city and into Poland two weeks before Russia invaded the country.
According to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Russia’s invasion and atrocities in Ukraine are “indefensible.” He made the comments Tuesday as the US hosted 40 countries for defense talks at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Ukrainian rescuers are searching through rubble in a city northwest of Kyiv, where they fear hundreds are buried. The country’s prosecutor general reported on Thursday at least 26 bodies were already found under two ruined buildings in Borodyanka.
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.