Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, laid the groundwork for a long conflict in Ukraine by stating that “it may be a lengthy process” and playing down rumors of another round of Russian mobilization.
He also confirmed Moscow’s allegation; the conflict began in 2014 as a result of what he called a “coup,” which saw then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian government destroyed.
Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko alarmed- if Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure continue, a terrible scenario could hit the city.
“The apocalypse can happen, like in Hollywood movies, when it’s impossible to live in houses given the low temperature,” he told Reuters. “Kyiv might lose electricity, water, and heat supply.”
In the meantime, a prisoner exchange involving jailed Americans was approved by the U.S. and Russia. Brittney Griner of the WNBA plays for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms trader. Griner, who had been imprisoned in Russia following her arrest on narcotics charges, was returning home to the U.S.