At an emergency summit in Brussels, NATO leaders agreed to strengthen defenses along the alliance’s eastern flank.
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, according to the UN, and more than half of the country’s 7.5 million children have been displaced.
The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for humanitarian aid and civilian protection in Ukraine.
The US has announced that it will accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s offensive.
NATO, according to US President Joe Biden, would “respond” if Russian President Vladimir Putin used a chemical weapon.
On the one-month anniversary of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, President Biden met with NATO and G-7 allies in an emergency session on Thursday.
The NATO alliance’s 30 members gathered in Brussels to discuss plans to increase troop rotations in countries along the southern portion of its eastern flank — as well as contingency plans in case Russian aggression escalates.
“We are determined to continue to impose costs on Russia in order to bring this brutal war to an end,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the start of the meeting, praising “the great courage of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian armed forces fighting for their freedom and rights.”
So far, NATO allies have remained remarkably united in their response to Russia’s invasion of its neighbor. According to his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, Biden’s mission ahead of the meeting was “to ensure we stay united, to cement our collective resolve, and to send a powerful message that we are prepared and committed to this for as long as it takes.”
Biden welcomes 100,000 Ukrainian refugees
More than 3.5 million Ukrainians have fled their country due to the fighting. Officials in the United States believe that most will want to stay in Europe so that they can return to Ukraine when it is safe. According to a senior administration official, the US will accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians and other displaced people fleeing the conflict.
A major refugee resettlement organization applauded the news. The president of Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, described it as “a concrete display of global humanitarian leadership.” But she was unsure how it would happen. “Will the administration increase staff and resources to address the long-standing backlogs in our immigration system?” Will it make use of humanitarian parole authority to relocate Ukrainians?
Biden is also announcing $1 billion in new funding for humanitarian aid for Ukrainians and refugees in neighboring countries.
Other U.S. humanitarian announcements today included the $11 billion for global food security since Ukraine’s wheat production will be cut because of the war, posing a threat to countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa particularly
$320 million to a European democracy resiliency program, including efforts to document and preserve evidence of potential war crimes in the Ukraine conflict, and to help countries such as Moldova
On Friday, Biden will travel to Warsaw and meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda. In Poland, he will visit U.S. troops stationed there, and talk to humanitarian experts, the White House has said. According to the White House, he will visit US troops stationed in Poland!