Early reports are coming in from Ukraine that Russian forces have entered the city of Kherson, and have surrounded the city of Mariupol, both key targets for Russia in the south of the country.
Military experts say they expect the war in Ukraine to become more destructive and deadly as Russia turns to heavy artillery.
“And in doing that, they’re going to do something that … they didn’t want to do, because they wanted to take the city intact,” retired U.S. Army Col. Jack Jacobs told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia.”
In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Joe Biden promised to “inflict pain” on Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also commended the Ukrainian people for their courage and resilience in the face of Russia’s onslaught.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the human costs of the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine are “staggering.”
“Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded. There are now more than 174,000 refugees in nearby countries,” Blinken told reporters at the State Department.
The nation’s top diplomat said the U.S. is working to support frontline countries like Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia as these governments welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s violence.