In what may be a “last-ditch” attempt to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Ukrainian-Russian border, President Joe Biden has agreed – “in principle” – to meet again with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to The Associated Press, tension over the situation increased on Sunday when Russia backed off on earlier promises to pull some troops from the border with its western neighbor. An estimated 150,000 troops are poised at the boundary between the two nations, each once part of the Russian-dominated Soviet Union.
U.S. intelligence sources consider an attack to be imminent, reports The New York Times and speculation now shifts to whether a full-scale invasion will follow or occupation of Ukrainian land in stages. A major push could lead to the biggest European conflict since the end of World War II.
While the U.S. will not send troops to defend Ukraine, strong economic sanctions aimed at crippling Russia’s financial structure are planned by the Biden Administration.
Queen Elizabeth has coronavirus
United Press International reported Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, it was said that “Her Majesty is experiencing mild coldlike symptoms but expects to continue light duties” … this week.
Prince Charles, 73, and heir to the throne, has tested positive for the coronavirus twice and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also has the virus.
Sports: Norway skated to the top
The Norwegian Olympic team took top honors at the just-concluded Beijing Winter Games. It won 37 medals overall with 16 golds, best in each category. The United States was fourth in medals (25) and third in golds.
Finland defeated the Russian Olympic Committee team 2-1 for the gold in ice hockey for the nation’s initial first place in that sport.
The U.S. team – devoid of NHL players – won its pool but lost 3-2 to Slovakia in the quarterfinals and Canada (also without pros) lost 2-0 to Sweden in that round. Slovakia ended up with the bronze by defeating Sweden 4-0.
Weather: We’re so spoiled ….
We think that a daytime high of 60 is freezing, but that’s what the forecast calls for in the West Orange County area. Monday’s outlook is for a high of 60 (50 overnight) with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine. Tuesday will be similar at 60 (42), with gradually warming days all week until the weekend gives us highs in the mid-70s. For context, snow and ice are expected across the northern part of the U.S. this week, with thunderstorms in the South.
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