News of the Day: 2 January 2022

RFE/RL: U.S. President Joe Biden has told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that the United States and its allies will “respond decisively” if Russia further invades Ukraine, according to a White House statement on January 2. Biden “reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in the statement, which came after the two leaders spoke by phone.

RFE/RL: Russian warplanes have bombed a pumping station that provides water to rebel-controlled Idlib city in northwestern Syria, potentially depriving hundreds of thousands of people in the overcrowded city of water, according to witnesses and a monitoring group. Russian Sukhoi jets dropped bombs in Idlib and several surrounding villages on January 2, witnesses and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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