Tue Feb 22, 2022 AT 12:14 PM EST
The Biden administration appears to be in the midst of a diplomatic retreat, struggling to use the word “invasion” to describe Russia’s entry into parts of Ukraine Monday.
Biden administration officials largely avoided calling Russia’s entry into the Luhansk and Donetsk regions an “invasion” Monday, with one senior official saying that “Russian troops moving into Donbas would not itself be a new step” and that Russia “has had forces in the Donbas for the past eight years.”
But the administration’s moves Monday to sidestep labeling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion into parts of Ukraine an “invasion” drew criticism from other political leaders, who fear the administration is tip-toeing around the possibility of stoking any bigger flames. Read Full Story