President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin concluded a 62-minute phone conversation Saturday discussing the crisis in Ukraine. The White House says Russia could invade on short notice; however, the U.S. does not know with certainty whether Putin is intent on an invasion.
A statement from the White House reveals that Biden spoke with the Russian president about escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine.
"President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia. President Biden reiterated that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would produce widespread human suffering and diminish Russia’s standing."
The Pentagon also announced that it was sending thousands of combat troops to Poland to join the 1,700 who are already there. Their role will be to train other troops but not to engage in combat while in Ukraine.
The eyes of the world are on Ukraine's eastern front on the border with Russia. CBN News is on the ground in Kyiv now even as President Biden and the State Department alert all Americans to get out of the country, fearing imminent invasion by Russia's militant ruler.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says "an invasion could begin at any time."
The Russian military has amassed even more forces to their troop deployment with estimates as high as 130,000 positioned all along the Ukrainian border.
As Russia kicks off the second day of major military exercises in Belarus, there's been a stark warning from NATO and the West: Brace for the worst.
CBN News' Faith Nation spoke with our Senior International Correspondent George Thomas who is now in the capital of Ukraine. He was also in Crimea when the Russians invaded and captured it from Ukraine 8 years ago.
He says President Biden's interview with NBC News last night was "alarming." Biden said there was no scenario in which he'd send U.S. troops to assist fleeing Americans.
"American citizens should leave now," Biden told to NBC News. "It's not like we're dealing with a terrorist organization. We're dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It's a very different situation, and things could go crazy quickly."
Biden then made a very ominous statement, saying, "That's a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another."
Biden and Putin concluded a 62-minute phone conversation Saturday discussing the crisis in Ukraine. The White House says Russia could invade on short notice; however, the U.S. does not know with certainty whether Putin is intent on an invasion.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is sending another 3,000 combat troops to Poland to join 1,700 who are already there. Their role will be to train other troops but not to engage in combat while in Ukraine.