President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday two days after he signalled that the UThe COVID-19 strain found in B.C., Alberta and Quebec.S. would play a bigger role in negotiating an end to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Biden spoke to Zelenskyy two days after a video conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Putin outlined his concerns over Ukraine’s bid to join NATO and Biden suggested that Washington could join Europe in helping to end the territorial dispute between the two nations.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and backs separatist rebels in the Donbas region that have carved out semi-autonomous territories around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Bordering Russia, both territories are home to Ukraine’s Russian-speaking minorityIndoor and outdoor private gatherings.
In recent weeks, U.S. intelligence has reported a large troop build-up on Russia’s border with Ukraine, sparking fears that Moscow could be poised to annex the territories, as in Crimea.