UPDATED 2:01 PM PT – Wednesday, February 23, 2022
The president of Ukraine is downplaying yet another U.S. warning of a full scale Russian invasion in the next 48-hours. According to reports Wednesday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has seen Joe Biden’s “assessment” of the situation and responded by saying it’s unclear whether it’s any more real than previous warnings from Washington.
In the meantime, Ukraine’s declared a nationwide state of emergency and has ordered all citizens to leave Russia immediately. Also on Wednesday, the Ukrainian government reported a mass cyber attack on government websites. Officials said a new distributed denial of service attack, or DDOS, occurred on three sites, including banking, parliament and defense ministry. However, things are now up and running.
Back in Washinton, a bipartisan group of representatives urged Biden to seek congressional approval before stationing u.s. armed forces in Ukraine. United across the political spectrum, 43 representatives from Missouri’s Cori Bush to Arizona’s Paul Gosar signed a letter to Biden on Tuesday asking for the White House to respect the Constitution.
You don’t see this often, but here’s a letter from 43 lawmakers in both parties — from Gosar and Gaetz to AOC and Bush — urging Biden to receive authorization from Congress before involving US armed forces in the Russia-Ukraine conflict pic.twitter.com/o9eimRZQpk
— Catie Edmondson (@CatieEdmondson) February 22, 2022
They asserted that the best way to maintain separation of powers is to allow for a congressional vote on any use of troops, adding Americans deserve a say before troops are put in harms way or the country enters another foreign conflict.