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The White House has said that US President Joe Biden is headed to Europe next week to sit down with NATO leaders and talk about solving the Ukraine crisis because apparently endless Zoom sessions just haven’t cut it.
Meanwhile, the leaders of three European countries (Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic) decided that a warzone was a good place to make a point, going to the besieged (but not overtaken) city of Kyiv on Tuesday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in an act of solidarity. According to Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, the visit was meant to “confirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”
About the time that was happening on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia might be planning on using chemical weapons in the Ukraine war. “Any use of chemical weapons will be a violation of international law,” Stoltenberg said. “We call on Russia not to use chemical weapons.” Stoltenberg also used the opportunity to press China to join the West in condemning the violence in Ukraine.
The only thing that could make this situation worse is if the battle literally went to space. But the good news is that it doesn’t sound like tensions have risen too much on the International Space Station (ISS). According to Joel Montalbano, NASA’s space station program manager, things on the ISS (which has both American and Russian astronauts on it right now) are going normally, despite the craziness happening with us mere terrestrials down here on Earth.
“We both need each other to operate the International Space Station," Montalbano said at a press conference.
Ukraine and Russia will continue talks on Wednesday, with a key adviser to Zelenskiy calling the negotiations “difficult,” but also adding that there was opportunity and room to compromise.