US Warns Russia May Take Another Ukrainian Town

( – On Thursday, the White House warned that Russia was looking to take over yet another city in Ukraine – this time, Avdiivka. The news comes as Ukrainian forces face the worrying truth that, while they may have a plentiful supply of weapons from the US and Europe, they just don’t have the troops to man them.

White House national security communications adviser John Kirby said during a press conference in the White House that the fighting has become “incredibly intense” in the eastern regions of Ukraine, and pointed to Avdiivka as an example. In this city, he said, the situation is now “critical.”

“With the Russians continuing to press Ukrainian positions every single day, [Avdiivka] is at risk of falling into Russian control,” Kirby said.

According to the White House, Ukraine’s lack of manpower is the primary reason for Russian forces’ recent successes in the region, as well as a dwindling supply of artillery ammunition. Meanwhile, Russia continues to send more troops, more weapons, and more ammunition into Eastern Ukraine.

The news comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to the world via a two-hour interview given to journalist Tucker Carlson. Putin demonstrated the depth of his historical knowledge and spent the first half hour of the talk arguing that Russia and Ukraine aren’t distinct entities or peoples and cast the conflict as an internal security matter.

He also claimed that the CIA engineered a coup in Ukraine in 2013-14 which was the original source of the current armed conflict. Putin added that the new Ukraine under western-installed leadership began committing acts of violence almost immediately against people in the south east of the country who are more closely affiliated with Russia.

The Senate has since approved a $95 billion spending package, which includes $60 billion exclusively for Ukraine. However, the bill faces an uncertain future, with House Speaker Mike Johnson insisting that the bill will not be heard in the House in its current form, arguing that the money would be better spent on the U.S. southern border.

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