During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman warned that the Russian invasion of Ukraine “looks like it ends very terribly for Ukrainian people.”
“Right now it looks like it ends very badly already for Ukrainian people. I think we all spend every day just horrified by the suffering…” Sherman said. “As your reporter on the ground discussed, it is just awful, particularly in Mariupol where people are either going to starve to death or freeze to death or die because they don’t have their medicine. It is truly horrifying.”
President Joe Biden’s government, according to Sherman, has committed $1.2 billion in security support to help Ukraine defend itself. She also stated that the United States must apply “enormous pressure” to Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to persuade him to end his aggressiveness in Eastern Europe.
“That pressure is beginning to have some effect. We are seeing some signs of a willingness to have real serious negotiations, but I have to say, as your reporter said, so far it appears that Vladimir Putin is intent on destroying Ukraine. We need to help Ukrainians in every way we can.”
According to Ukrainian officials, a Russian airstrike attacked a military base 20 kilometers from the Polish border on Sunday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 135 others. The base is located west of Lviv, which has historically been a key place for delivering armaments to the Ukrainian people.
Russia has launched airstrikes on the cities of Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine. The military’s persistent aggressiveness has resulted in at least 579 civilian deaths, including 42 children, according to the UN Human Rights Office, though the true count is likely far higher.