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U.S. warns Americans to leave Russia, as Putin continues escalation in Ukrainian war

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The U.S. State Department urged Saturday that all Americans in Russia should immediately leave the country, as foreign policy and military experts access the very dangerous escalation of war in Ukraine. Those U.S. officials also warned Americans that they may have a difficult time getting access to their bank accounts in Russia and may face some forms of harassment as they leave the country, according to news reports. 

Moreover, on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any third party involved in establishing a no-fly zone in Ukraine would be considered a participant in the conflict and subject to actions by Russia’s military. NATO nations voted against a no-fly zone in Ukraine this week, but the European Union and the United States continue to implement stringent sanctions on Moscow. Those sanctions, however, have yet to change any course of action by Putin. Furthermore, on Saturday Ukrainian officials accused Russia of violating the cease fire agreement and reports suggest that attacks continue in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

I spoke with Daniel Hoffman, a Russia expert and three time CIA station chief this week on  The Sara Carter Show podcast, and he stated that Putin’s actions are no surprise to those who have watched him from his time with the KGB and throughout his political career.

“Putin’s escalating,” said Hoffman. “And all you have to do is go back in history and look what he did in Grozny in 99, 2000, where he just leveled Grozny did the same thing in Aleppo, in Syria. That’s the way the Russians do it, you know, in in the United States in our military, and I can tell you this from experience, if we’re trying to kill an al Qaeda guy, that’s what we’re going to do. And we’re going to want to be near certain that that’s the guy we’re killing.”

Hoffman said that’s not the way Russian military is trained because collateral damage is not a detriment.

“We’re not at war with the non-combatants, we don’t want to kill them,” said Hoffman. “Russia is violating, massively violating international law, and the law (of land) war. They’re not showing proportionality. They’re not discriminating between combatants and non combatants. And they are not trying to avoid killing non combatants. In fact, they’re deliberately targeting them. They’re targeting schools and residential areas. And, and that is sad to say, typical of the Russian rules of engagement. And the fact that the media is shining a spotlight on that, you know, look, we’ve got Fox News colleagues out there in Ukraine right now, in harm’s way reporting, God bless them, but it’s a warzone. And we rely on them to report the facts. That’s important.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed NATO Friday  as being  a weak  and “underconfident” organizations for failing to establish the no-fly zone over his country.

Even if NATO refused a no-fly zone there is still much more that can be done to dismantle Putin’s Russian economy and cripple his military operation, said Hoffman.

“As far as cratering Russia’s economy, there’s arguably more we could do,” Hoffman said.

He said that will require other nations, including Europe to stop  buying Russian gas and oil.

“So there’s probably still more we could do,” he said “But Vladimir Putin’s $600 billion rainy day fund is inaccessible to him right now. And in the immediate term, look, sanctions are great, and they’re good long term, you know, targeting the Russian economy and making it clear to Russia’s elites that this is going to carry on, and we’re going to continue to hammer their economy.”

He said Ukraine needs “humanitarian assistance, food, water, and they need military equipment.”

“And we’ve got to find a way to ensure that we continue to do that, as Russia ramps up their attacks,” said Hoffman. “And that’s going to be the challenge for us. All the while ensuring we don’t end up in a kinetic war with Russia. You know, the hallmark of the Cold War was we fought a lot of proxy wars against the Soviet Union, but we never engaged in direct combat. And there’s no question that I think from both Republicans and Democrats would agree that we want to avoid direct contact with with the Russian military, but at the same time, support Ukraine. And that’s, that’s that’s what we’ve got to do.”

This State Department’s guidance to Americans  is stronger than the guidance given Wednesday asking Americans to in the country to consider leaving. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is also planning to host a virtual town hall for Americans that are still in in Russia this Wednesday.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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  1. Sad4theUS

    March 6, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Yeah, and one of the harassments happening to our Americans that are trying to leave, is that our own government is insisting they be vaccinated Before they cross the border!! Vaccinated?? It’s almost like our country doesn’t want them back, they’d rather desert them just like they did in Afghanistan! And funny how they didn’t insist that the Afghanistans they flew here be vaccinated…

  2. Donna

    March 6, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Propaganda, there are factions in Ukraine, under the cover of “Russian Invasion”, committing atrocities, as they were before Russia intervened. Most likely neonazis and NWO/WEF supported mercenaries.

  3. OBXLADY1

    March 6, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Meanwhile China is sitting back watching doing the fly thing like Pelosi did at the SOTU address.. They are using RUssia and Putin doesnt even see it.. just wait

  4. MicMac69

    March 7, 2022 at 4:35 am

    All these americans in Russia have contributed to the consolidation of Putin leading to the present war crisis. Greedy, unconscious or blind they are Putin’s accomplices… They can stay, nobody will cry on them.

  5. TellTheTruth-2

    March 17, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Biden better PARDON Ed Snowden .. so he can come home.

  6. Mephi

    April 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    If you need to know what Putin meant by his expressed intent to De-Nazify Ukraine, go to Rumble.com and search for DONBASS WAR: 2014 or, search for UKRAINE CRISIS WHAT YOU’RE NOT BEING TOLD.

    If you want to see exactly who these nazis are that he wants to eradicate, then search Rumble for: AZOV CRUCIFIXION. But be warned, it is as bad as you fear.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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