December 15, 2022
Cited article by Lara Seligman, Erin Banco and Paul McLeary, Politico
HRRC continues to support Ukraine's right to defend itself from Russian attacks. The ongoing strikes against Ukraine's energy infrastructure ahead of winter places civilians at significant risk. While we encourage and hope for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, it seems doubtful, and international aid and assistance will prove vital for the Ukrainian people.
New worries are raised that Russia could make another offensive push towards the capital of Ukraine as early as January 2023. This news comes at the same time that the United States approved delivery of the Patriot Missile Defense System to Ukraine, in addition to considerations of additional weapons to aid Ukraine defensive tactics. Additionally, the U.S. announced plans to increase the training of Ukrainian troops at a U.S. base in Germany.
The UN reports that Russia destroyed half of Ukraine's energy infrastructure, resulting in regular blackouts and power cuts leading into the winter. Meanwhile, Russian troop activity and gathered intelligence indicate that Russia could be planning an offensive on Kiev within the next month or two.
U.S. diplomats maintain that any peace talks between Russia and Ukraine must be led by Ukrainians.