President Joe Biden In Poland, Meets US Troops. – TrendyNewsReporters

President Joe Biden In Poland, Meets US Troops.

By Ebor Cletus Ralph Jr /Agency Reports.

U.S. President Joe Biden is in Warsaw Saturday, where he will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and other Polish officials to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


The meeting is happening, the U.S. said, at a time when Russia appears to have shifted its military offensive away from Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv and toward the country’s east.


Poland, a NATO member, has accepted more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees. Biden, accompanied by Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski is expected to meet some of the refugees Saturday to discuss humanitarian relief efforts.


Later Saturday, Biden will deliver an address at Warsaw’s Royal Castle concerning the “stakes of this moment,” according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.


Friday in Poland, Biden praised Poland’s response to the refugee crisis and he met with Polish humanitarian workers and American troops near the border with Ukraine.


“You are in the midst of a fight between democracies and oligarchs,” Biden said as he met in Rzeszów with members of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, which is supporting thousands of other NATO troops in eastern flank countries that include Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania.


Biden’s first visit with U.S. service members in Poland on Friday was in a makeshift barbershop at the division’s temporary headquarters. He then stopped at a dining facility for the troops, where he sat and shared pizza with them.


“You are the finest fighting force in the world and that’s not hyperbole,” Biden said before sitting down to eat with the troops.


In contrast, U.S. and Western officials said Friday that despite their superior numbers, Russian forces continued to struggle in Ukraine, prompting a change in strategy.


“We think they’re trying to cut off the Donbas area,” a senior U.S. defense official told reporters, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence.


“We’ve been talking about this for weeks now,” the official said of the shift in Moscow’s military priorities. “That’s where still, there remains a lot of heavy fighting, and we think they are trying to not only secure some sort of more substantial gains there as a potential negotiating tactic at the table, but also to cut off Ukrainian forces in the eastern part of the country.”


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