21 February 2023 - President Biden's surprise visit to Kyiv
Biden’s Surreal and Secretive Journey Into a War Zone
Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear (The New York Times, 20/02/2023)
As the train rumbled across the Ukrainian countryside through a long night, the view outside the window left little to see, just the occasional streetlight or shadows of buildings in the distance. But neither could those watching the train go by see who was inside, nor would they likely have guessed had they stopped to wonder.
Five takeaways from President Biden’s trip to Ukraine
Niall Stanage (The Hill, 20/02/2023)
President Biden made a covert journey to Kyiv on Monday, breaking cover to join Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the nation’s capital.
It was a huge moment, just days before the anniversary of Russia’s invasion. It also came at a time when American public support for Ukraine appears to be eroding, at least in some polls.
Opinion: Biden’s courageous trip
Frida Ghitis (CNN, 21/02/2023)
As the world prepares to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden made a historic, unannounced visit to the capital of the embattled country.
The risky trip on Monday to an active war zone was not just a powerful symbol of American support, it was a shot in the arm to a population that has endured Russia’s devastating attacks on civilian apartment blocks, hospitals, schools and the power stations that provide heat and electricity.
Biden Just Destroyed Putin’s Last Hope
Eliot A. Cohen (The Atlantic, 20/02/2023)
The long-range missiles matter. So do the super-accurate artillery shells, the surface-to-air missiles, and the winter weather gear; the training in the English countryside or the muddy Grafenwöhr maneuver grounds; and the intelligence provided from the eyes in space and the ears on airplanes that circle outside the battle zone.