Ukrainian defense minister Oleksiy Reznikov told CNN on Tuesday there would be a massacre if Russian invaded Ukraine following President Joe Biden’s virtual meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“If I can advise President Biden, I would like him to articulate to Mr. Putin that no red lines from the Kremlin side should be here,” Reznikov said.
“The red line is here in Ukraine and the civilized world will react without hesitation,” he added.
Up to 175,000 Russian troops have reportedly gathered near the border of Ukraine in recent weeks. In the CNN report, Reznikov claimed a military of 250,000, in addition to veterans and reservists.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has argued Biden’s approval of Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline has given up any advantage the U.S. had to stop the invasion.
“History will remember that as Ukraine faced invasion from Russia, Joe Biden used every last trick in the book to exempt sanctions on Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” Cruz tweeted.
History will remember that as Ukraine faced invasion from Russia, Joe Biden used every last trick in the book to exempt sanctions on Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.https://t.co/G69Bl5xCt8
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 7, 2021
Many hope the conflict will de-escalate, but the current situation looks like Russia may have other plans in mind.