News from M2CC
FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
See page 20
Roughly 3,000 US
troops to move to NATO
countries near Ukraine
amid rising tensions
WASHINGTON — More than
3,000 U.S. troops will move to
ally countries in Europe amid
rising tensions on the Continent as
Russia continues amassing troops
along the Ukrainian border, chief
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby
The U.S. will send about 2,000
troops from Fort Bragg, N.C., to
Poland and Germany and reposition
about 1,000 service members from
an infantry Stryker squadron in
Germany to Romania in the coming
days, he said.
“The United States stands shoulder
to shoulder with our NATO allies,”
Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.
“The current situation demands
that we reinforce the deterrent
and defensive posture on NATO's
In December, Russia began
amassing about 100,000 troops at its
border with Ukraine, and this month
started adding troops to Ukraine’s
northern border with Belarus for
what Russia said were exercises
with that country.
NATO nations, including the U.S.,
have expressed concern in recent
weeks that the buildup could mean
Russia intends to invade Ukraine, as
it did in 2014 when Russia annexed
the Crimean Peninsula.
Poland and Romania are among
four NATO countries, along with
Slovakia and Hungary, that border
Ukraine to the west. Kirby said
the deployment should signal
America’s commitment to NATO
and collective defense, as well as to
allow the U.S. to “be prepared for a
range of contingencies.”
“These are not permanent moves,
they are moves designed to respond
to the current security environment,”
Kirby said. “Moreover, these forces
are not going to fight in Ukraine.
They're going to ensure the robust
defense of our NATO allies.”
Kirby did not say when the troops
will deploy, though the forces placed
on high alert last week are ready to
deploy within five days when called
upon to support U.S. allies.
“We are making it clear that we're
going to be prepared to defend our
NATO allies if it comes to that," he
said. "Hopefully it won't come to
Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division
is deploying about 1,700 troops from
an infantry brigade combat team
and other “key enablers” to Poland,
the Pentagon said in a statement
Wednesday. Another 300 from other
elements of the 18th Airborne Corps
at Fort Bragg will form a joint task
force headquarters in Germany.
“Collectively, this force is trained
and equipped for a variety of
missions to deter aggression and
to reassure and defend our allies
during this period of elevated risk,”
the Defense Department said in the
The 82nd Airborne maintains one
of its brigades of paratroopers on
short-notice deployment status at
all times, making up the bulk of the
U.S. military’s Immediate Response
Force, according to Army officials.
The IRF, which also includes some
Air Force troops, is tasked to deploy
within hours to respond to trouble
around the globe.
Recently, the 82nd's troops deployed
for the drawdown in Afghanistan,
where they were the final American
forces to leave Kabul, ending the
United States’ 20-year conflict in
that country on Aug. 31, Pentagon
officials said at that time.
The 1,000 troops moving to
Romania are part of the 2nd
Calvary Regiment, a mounted
unit stationed at Rose Barracks in
Vilseck, Germany, according to
the statement. They will join about
900 U.S. troops already in Romania
who are on regular rotational
“[The regiment] will send a
combined arms force equipped with
wheeled, armored fighting vehicles
to deter aggression and enhance
our defensive capabilities in frontline
allied states during this period
of elevated risk,” the Pentagon
said. “These forces will augment
the more than 900 U.S. service
members already on regular rotation
Though the U.S. is sending forces
to the countries without the NATO
Response Force, other allies also
plan to send troops to the region,
“In the case of Romania, we know
the French are going to be preparing
to deploy troops there [and] we will
find ways to complement that force
presence in full consultation with
Romania,” he said.
The moves follow President Joe
Biden comments Friday night that
he intended to send a small amount
of U.S. service members into
Eastern Europe as tensions increase
with Russia over its buildup of
troops around Ukraine.
The Fort Bragg troops were part of
the roughly 8,500 U.S. troops placed
Continued on page 12
2 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 3
4 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 5
Focus on Oversight a Key for Success at
In the corrections industry, maintaining high standards of
operation is imperative to meeting the needs of the individuals
in our care. That's why CoreCivic adheres to a stringent set of
guidelines set forth by our own standards, as well as those of our
government partners and the American Correctional Association
Founded in 1870, the ACA is considered the national benchmark
for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout
the United States. To become accredited, a facility must achieve
compliance with ACA mandatory standards and a minimum of
90 percent non-mandatory standards. CoreCivic facilities adhere
to ACA standards, and in 2020, CoreCivic earned an average
ACA audit score of 99.6 percent across all facilities.
Key ACA audit areas include facility personnel, resident reentry
programs, resident safety, health care, and more.
holds our facilities and staff to a high standard. To be able to
represent our facility and receive reaccreditation in person is an
Adhering to ACA standards is only one part of CoreCivic's
commitment to robust oversight. When government partners
utilize CoreCivic's services, we are held not only to our own
high standards and those of the ACA, but we are often held to
the same or higher accountability of our public counterparts
through stringent government contracts, unfettered access to
our facilities for our partners, and hundreds of on-site quality
We provide access to our government partners, with most of
our facilities having government agency employees known as
contract monitors who are physically on-site to ensure we are
operating in line with partner guidelines.
Recently, the ACA held in Nashville, Tennessee, its 151st
Congress of Corrections, an annual convention that brings
together corrections professionals from across the country. In
addition to various workshops and events at the convention, the
ACA Commission on Accreditation also held panel hearings to
award accreditation to correctional facilities that meet the ACA's
rigorous requirements. Listed below are the seven CoreCivic
facilities that earned reaccreditation this year, with mandatory/
• Bent County Correctional Facility - 100/99.0
• Citrus County Detention Facility - 100/100
• Eloy Detention Center - 100/100
• Lake Erie Correctional Institution - 100/99.3
• Saguaro Correctional Center - 100/99.8
• Stewart Detention Center - 100/100
• Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility - 100/100
"The accreditation process is very important," said Warden
Fred Figueroa from Eloy Detention Center, one of the seven
CoreCivic facilities that was awarded reaccreditation. "ACA
To maintain our own high standards, annual on-site audits covering
all operational areas are administered to ensure compliance with
contractual and regulatory obligations and corporate-mandated
requirements. Each CoreCivic Safety facility is audited by our
internal quality assurance division, which is independent from
our operations division. Facilities are expected to be audit-ready
year-round, maintaining continuous compliance with numerous
CoreCivic employs 75 staff members dedicated to quality
assurance, including several subject matter experts with extensive
experience from all major disciplines within our institutional
"A lot of hard work goes into preparing for these audits,"
Figueroa said. "Once they're complete, the staff can see their
accomplishments and feel proud."
Having multiple levels of oversight helps CoreCivic maintain
a safe environment for those in our care. By holding ourselves
accountable to our own high standards, along with our
government partners' and ACA's standards, CoreCivic continues
to be a trusted partner working to better the public good.
6 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 7
8 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
82nd Airborne troops
Begin to Arrive in
STUTTGART, Germany— Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne
Division are slated to begin arriving Sunday in southeastern
Poland with more forces to follow in the days ahead, U.S. Army
Europe and Africa said in a statement.
The deployment of the Fort Bragg-based paratroopers into
central Europe comes on the heels of the arrival of Maj. Gen.
Christopher Donahue, commander of the 82nd, who landed in
Poland on Saturday, USAREUR-AF said.
“Without getting into specific timelines, the 82nd Airborne
Division personnel are scheduled to begin arriving today and
over the coming days,” USAREUR-AF said in a statement.
Last week, the first contingent of 18thAirborne Corps troops
arrived in Europe, where they will form a joint task force in
Wiesbaden, Germany. The contingency headquarters, called
Task Force Dragon, will be led by 18th Airborne Corps boss Lt.
Gen. Michael Kurilla.
Kurilla is expected to arrive in Wiesbaden in the coming days,
an Army spokesman said Sunday. The task force will fall under
the command of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, which is led by
Gen. Christopher Cavoli.
In all, 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg are taking part in the
mission in Germany and Poland, which is focused on reassuring
allies worried about potential Russian aggression connected to
Moscow’s military buildup around Ukraine.
On Thursday, U.S. forces in Poland began setting the stage for
the arrival of the 82nd in Poland, operating out of an airfield in
Rzeszow, a southeastern Polish town not far from the Ukrainian
In other moves, the U.S. Army also is preparing to soon send
1,000 soldiers from the Vilseck, Germany, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
to Romania to bolster defenses there. A date has not yet been
announced for the push into Romania, where U.S. European
Command already has about 900 troops positioned on regular
In Poland, the 82nd soldiers will join a force of roughly 4,000
U.S. service members already operating in various parts of the
country on a rotational basis, including hundreds of soldiers
supporting a NATO mission just 50 miles from Russia’s military
exclave of Kaliningrad.
WEBSITE AT M2CC.US
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 9
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MHCE.US
10 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 11
WEBSITE AT M2CC.US
12 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
on alert for a possible deployment
in Europe last week to join the
NATO Response Force, which
has not been activated. However,
the deployments announced
Wednesday are separate from
the NATO force and are part of
agreements between the U.S. and
Poland and Romania.
"Some of the forces designated for
the response force have not been
activated, but if there comes a time
where we might want to deploy
some of them, as well, in a more
bilateral-related relationship, we're
certainly not going to close that
option off,” Kirby said.
More deployments possible
Since Jan. 24, the Pentagon has
placed more troops on prepare-todeploy
orders in addition to the
8,500 tapped last week, Kirby said
before declining to provide further
“You can expect that that could
continue to happen going
forward,” he said. “We're going to
constantly look at the conditions in
the region and consult with allies
and partners. If we feel we need to
make additional forces more ready,
we’ll do that.”
The NATO response force consists
of about 40,000 troops from
multiple countries in the alliance
that can quickly respond to threats
by sea, air and land, Kirby said.
About half of those troops make up
a "very ready joint task force" with
combined arms and other military
The incoming U.S. troops
announced Wednesday will not
be under NATO control. The U.S.
already has about 4,000 service
members in Poland on a regular
rotational basis. Some of those
troops are part of the NATO
battle group in Poland, which is a
multinational force of roughly
The U.S.-led multinational battle
group is one of four that NATO
sent to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
and Poland after Russia invaded
Ukraine in 2014 and annexed its
Crimean Peninsula after deadly
protests toppled the country’s
former pro-Russian government.
Since then, NATO forces have
maintained a presence in the
eastern part of the alliance and,
in recent days, some NATO
member countries aside from the
U.S. have announced additional
upcoming deployments to the
region, according to the alliance
“There were no NATO forces in
the eastern part of the alliance
before 2014,” according to
NATO’s website. “Their presence
makes clear that an attack on one
ally will be considered an attack on
the whole alliance.”
The U.S. could send additional
troops to eastern Europe in
the future, Kirby said, adding
the deployment announced
Wednesday “is not the sum total of
the deterrence actions we will take
or those to support our allies.”
“We are continuously reviewing
our posture so there may soon be
additional posture decisions to
announce including movements
that are part of ongoing military
exercises,” Kirby said.
Though Biden has said he will
not send combat troops into
Ukraine, Kirby did not rule out the
possibility that U.S. forces could
be sent into the country to conduct
“Our troops are multimission
capable and they will be prepared
for a range of contingencies,” he
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 13
However, the State Department
in recent weeks has said the U.S.
does not plan to launch a military
evacuation mission and urged
American citizens in Ukraine to
leave the country on their own as
soon as possible.
Though no combat troops will
move into the country, about 100-
200 Florida National Guard special
operators have been in Ukraine
since December on an advise-andassist
mission training Ukrainian
troops. There had been no change
to that mission as of Wednesday,
The U.S. also continues sending
security assistance packages
including Javelin anti-tank
missiles, grenade launchers and
other artillery, the most recent
of which arrived in Ukraine on
Friday, he said.
The U.S. has sent $650 million in
security assistance to the country
during the past year — and $2.7
billion total since 2014, according
to the State Department.
Hope for diplomacy
While the upcoming deployment
represents the first military
movement that the U.S. has taken
in response to the Russian threat,
the Biden administration continues
to prefer a diplomatic resolution,
“We do not know if Russia has
made a final decision to further
invade Ukraine [but it] clearly
has that capability,” he said.
“The department has continued
to support diplomatic efforts led
by the White House and the State
Department to press for resolution.
We do not believe conflict is
Still, Kirby said the upcoming
deployments “are unmistakable
signals to the world that we stand
ready to reassure our NATO allies
and determined and defend against
“The measure of success here
is that the NATO’s eastern flank
is appropriately postured and
prepared to defend itself … and to
make it very clear secondarily, not
only to our allies but to [Russian
President Vladimir Putin] that
we take our NATO commitments
The U.S. last week sent a written
response to Russia’s demands
that NATO bar Ukraine from
membership in the alliance and for
the West to remove foreign troops
and military equipment from
Eastern European countries that
joined NATO since 1996.
The document did not bend to those
requests but offered some room
for negotiation on other matters
such as arms control and nuclear
weapons management, according
to the State Department.
Putin criticized the response during
a rare news conference Tuesday,
saying it did not aptly consider
“In Ukrainian documents it says
that they want to take back Crimea
and if they have to they will use
military force there,” Putin said.
“So let’s imagine Ukraine is a
NATO state and they start the
separation — so now do we have
to start a war against the NATO
alliance? Did anyone think about
that? I don’t think so.”
However, the U.S. and the alliance
have stood firm that it will not close
its doors to any European country
“That should be up to Ukraine,
who they associate with. And any
membership in NATO is going
to be a decision between the
sovereign state in question and
NATO,” Kirby has said. “And it’s
not something that Mr. Putin gets
to have a veto on.”
Russia is now “preparing different
versions of reaction” from military
to diplomatic responses for
Putin’s review, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov said last
week, according to the Russian
government-owned Tass news
"Mr. Putin can go a long way to
serving [conflict prevention] by
taking seriously the proposals that
we have put forward diplomatically
and by de-escalating — removing
some of those troops away [from
Ukraine's border,]" Kirby said.
14 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Keep
Federal Government Funded Until March 11
House Democrats introduced
legislation Monday to keep
the federal government funded
through March 11 in an attempt
to avoid a shutdown on Feb. 18,
when current short-term funding
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn.,
chairwoman of the House
introduced the new shortterm
funding measure, saying
the continuing resolution will
provide time for Congress
to complete its bipartisan
negotiations on the budget for
funded at their existing spending
levels but that do not provide
new funding for initiatives
championed by the president.
While Republicans appeared
content to continue funding
the government in this limited
fashion, recent negotiations
have signaled the possibility of
a longer-term budget resolution.
Until a final deal is reached,
however, another stopgap
measure is needed before Feb.
18, when the current short-term
government funding measure
"Our country needs a
government funding agreement
to create good-paying jobs, grow
opportunity for the middle class,
and protect our national security.
We are close to reaching a
framework government funding
agreement, but we will need
additional time to complete the
legislation in full," DeLauro said
in a statement.
Both Democratic and Republican
leaders have signaled that the
short-term funding measure
will pass and have expressed
optimism over a larger funding
"We're going to get something
done. It will probably be a shortterm
CR, and it will be this
coming week to give us a little
The House is expected to vote
on the stopgap measure Tuesday,
and, if passed, it will go to the
Congressional negotiations for
a 2022 deal have been slow,
as Democrats attempt to sell
Republicans on a $1.5 trillion
appropriations package that
would pump new spending
into health care, transportation,
science and defense — many of
President Joe Biden's key agenda
Since Biden took office, the
government has operated under
short-term measures that keep
federal agencies and programs
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 15
more time," House Majority
Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.,
said Sunday on MSNBC.
"Negotiations are very vigorous,
and I think that we're going to get
agreement both on the top line,
how much spending is going to
be in, and how it will be spent."
In the Senate, Sen. Roy Blunt,
R-Mo., said that while some
Republicans would prefer to
continue funding the government
at its current levels — and
through short-term measures —
their party also wants to secure
more funding for the military.
"Can't have it all the ways,"
Blunt said, per CNBC. "We still
have a likelihood of getting the
final bill done."
DeLauro's Monday measure also
provides $350 million to address
water contamination from the
Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage
Facility in Hawaii.
Last year, a fuel storage
installation hidden inside a
mountain ridge near Pearl
Harbor leaked petroleum into a
drinking water well, sickening
thousands in military housing.
The Hawaii Department of
Health has ordered the Navy to
suspend operations at the fuel
storage facility. The Navy sued
the state of Hawaii last week
over the order to defuel.
US Military Drills with Pacific Allies
Send a Message to China, Expert
TOKYO – Military exercises
between the United States and
its allies in the Western Pacific,
both ongoing and upcoming,
send a message to China not
to pull a “stunt” to distract
people at home, according to a
New Zealand-based American
The U.S. Air Force is about to
launch Cope North, a large-scale
aerial combat, force employment
and disaster relief exercise with
Japan and Australia, that will
involve more than 2,000 sorties
on and around Guam, Pacific Air
Forces announced in a statement
Fighter aircraft from all three
nations will take part in counterair
and close-air support
missions, according to the
statement. They’ll also practice
aerial refueling. Counter air
means attacking enemy air bases
while close air support involves
aircraft attacking enemy targets
near friendly ground forces.
“These training missions will
conclude with a large force
employment exercise designed
to enhance readiness and
interoperability among the three
countries,” the statement said.
Interoperability describes the
ability of one country’s armed
forces to use another country’s
training methods and military
The drills follow last week’s
Keen Edge command post
exercise involving U.S. and
Japanese forces in Japan and the
ongoing Marine Exercise 2022
involving U.S. sailors and
Marines and local forces in the
The exercises send a message
to China, New Zealand-based
security expert Paul Buchanan
Internal troubles such as
economic and supply disruptions
and coronavirus outbreaks could
turn powerful Chinese factions
against President Xi Jinping,
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii,
said in a statement Monday that
he helped secure part of that
Hawaii funding — $100 million
— to cover the cost of draining
the tank facility.
"This bill funds defueling, and it
establishes Congress's position
on Red Hill: the DOD must
defuel and follow the state's
order immediately," he said.
16 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 17
The Chinese leader hasn’t left Beijing for 700 days, Foreign Policy
“What do authoritarian leaders do when they are concerned about
internal challenges?” Buchanan asked. “They do something outside
to distract attention.”
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MHCE.US
The U.S. and its allies are eager to deter China from “pulling a stunt”
in the South China Sea or beyond, he said.
“The possibility of Xi intentionally … using conflict to divert attention
from his internal woes have increased dramatically,” he said. “These
exercises increase deterrence.”
The Cope North exercise, which runs from Wednesday to Feb. 18,
begins with humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief training,
according to a Pacific Air Forces statement.
Training will take place at Andersen Air Force Base and Northwest
Field on Guam; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
including Rota, Saipan and Tinian; Palau and the Federated States of
Micronesia, the statement said.
Over 2,000 sorties are planned across seven islands and 10 airfields.
More than 2,500 U.S. airmen, Marines, and sailors will train alongside
about 1,000 from Japan and Australia. Approximately 130 aircraft
from over 30 units will fly in the exercise, the statement said.
The training begins as drills in Japan and the Philippines end.
U.S. sailors and Marines and Philippine troops will wrap up Marine
Exercise 2022 in the Philippines on Wednesday.
The forces, which began training Thursday, have involved warships
training at sea, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines said on its website
The training includes beach landings, search and seizure of enemy
craft and moving troops and equipment, the statement said.
U.S. warships participating include the USS Essex, USS Portland and
USS Pearl Harbor carrying troops from the 11th Marine Expeditionary
Keen Edge, which began Jan. 23 and wraps up Thursday, involves
500 U.S. personnel and 1,380 Japanese troops at Yokota Air Base and
other locations in Japan, along with Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. It
aims to increase combat readiness and the ability of U.S. and Japanese
Forces to work together, USFJ said in a Jan. 23 statement.
18 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
Join Our Team!
Embark on a new career
with Central New York
Our Team Promotes
Hope, Resilience and Recovery!
Central New York Psychiatric Center is seeking
candidates to fill the following positions;
Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners,
Psychologists, and Registered Nurses.
These positions are available at our Inpatient
Forensic Hospital in Marcy, New York, as
well as our Corrections Based Satellite Units
across the State.
• NYS Pension
• Competitive Salaries
• Comprehensive Health Insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts for
Healthcare & Dependent Care
• Generous Paid Time Off
315-765-3375 or by e-mail
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 19
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MHCE.US
20 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
including former President Donald Trump,
who called Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau a "far left lunatic" who has
"destroyed Canada with insane COVID
Prominent Republicans including Florida
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Attorney
General Ken Paxton complained after
crowdfunding site GoFundMe said it would
refund the vast majority of the millions of
dollars raised by demonstrators.
The site said it cut off funding for protest
organizers after determining that their
efforts violated the site's terms of service
by engaging in unlawful activity. Ontario
Provincial Premier Doug Ford has called
the protest an occupation.
In response, Texas Attorney General Ken
Paxton tweeted: "Patriotic Texans donated
to Canadian truckers' worthy cause."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said on Fox News
that "government doesn't have the right
to force you to comply to their arbitrary
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino
shot back: "It is certainly not the concern
of the Texas attorney general as to how
we in Canada go about our daily lives in
accordance with the rule of law."
"We need to be vigilant about potential
foreign interference ... Whatever
statements may have been made by some
foreign official are neither here nor there.
We're Canadian. We have our own set of
GOP Support for
OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada's public
safety minister said Monday that U.S.
officials should stay out of his country's
domestic affairs, joining other Canadian
leaders in pushing back against prominent
Republicans who offered support for the
protests of COVID-19 mandates that have
besieged downtown Ottawa for more than
A day after the city declared a state of
emergency, the mayor pleaded for almost
2,000 extra police officers to help quell
the raucous nightly demonstrations staged
by the so-called Freedom Truck Convoy,
which has used hundreds of parked trucks
to paralyze the Canadian capital's business
district. The protests have also infuriated
people who live around downtown,
including neighborhoods near Parliament
Hill, the seat of the federal government.
Embattled Ottawa Police Chief Peter
Sloly called the demonstration an
"unprecedented protest never seen in
Canada" and acknowledged that authorities
failed to plan for it to last more than three
Many members of the GOP have made
comments supporting the demonstrations,
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 21
laws. We will follow them," Mendicino
In a letter to Trudeau and the public safety
minister, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said
"what was initially described as a peaceful
protest has now turned into a siege of our
downtown area" with 400 to 500 trucks. He
asked for 1,800 additional police officers.
Dominic LeBlanc, the minister of
intergovernmental affairs, blamed the
GOP interference for inciting disorderly
conduct and helping to fund entities that are
not respecting Canadian law. Emergency
Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said
Paxton was wrong for commenting on it.
Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador
to Canada, said groups in the U.S. need
to stop funding and interfering in the
domestic affairs of America's neighbor.
Protesters have said they will not leave
until all vaccine mandates and COVID-19
restrictions are lifted. They also called
for the removal of Trudeau's government,
though it is responsible for few of the
measures, most of which were put in place
by provincial governments.
On the street in front of Parliament Hill
were thousands of signs ranging from "no
more mandates" and "freedom of choice"
to "truck you Trudeau" and "the pandemic
destroyed our freedoms."
Trudeau has called the protesters a "fringe,"
but he faces calls by the opposition
Conservative party to extend an "olive
branch" to them. Some Conservative
lawmakers, including one running to lead
the party, have met and posted for pictures
Sloly said his police force needs more
resources. Policed moved to cut off the
protesters' fuel supply late Sunday.
"We are turning up the heat in every way
we can possibly can," Sloly said.
Blair said Ottawa police have been
provided with resources and they are ready
to assist further.
"It's well past the time to bring this protest
to an end," Blair said.
LeBlanc said the prime minister has been
clear that this is the civilian police force's
responsibility. Trudeau ruled out sending
in the army last week.
Meanwhile, Ottawa police were
investigating a fire at an apartment
building that was apparently set by
protesters. Matias Munoz said residents of
the building south of Parliament Hill were
already at their wits' end Saturday night
as the noise of the protest blared through
their homes for the ninth night in a row.
When he came downstairs Sunday
morning, Monoz said the carpet and floor
were charred, and there were blackened
fire-starter bricks strewn across the lobby.
Surveillance video showed two men light
a package of the bricks in the lobby and
tape or tie the front door handles together
before leaving through a side door before
dawn. The video also showed a different
Advance Your Nursing Career
› Medical Case Manager
› Forensic Nurse
› Legal Nurse Consultant
› Nurse Death Investigator
Earn a Professional Certificate ONLINE
from the prestigious University of California.
Discover how to grow your nursing career
online at www.extension.ucr.edu/nurse
or call (951) 827-5104.
man entering the building and putting the
fire out a short while later, Munoz said.
"Somebody trying to do something as
insidious as taping the door shut so people
can't leave if there's a fire in the main lobby
— it's terror, is what it is," Munoz said.
Ottawa police declined to release details,
citing the ongoing investigation.
In other developments, Ontario Superior
Court Justice Hugh McLean granted a 10-
day injunction to prevent truckers parked
on city streets in downtown Ottawa from
honking their horns incessantly.
22 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
As US Predicts
Seize Kyiv in
Efforts set to
Intensify this week
Efforts to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine
will intensify this week, as world leaders make a
heightened push for a diplomatic solution, even
as new U.S. military and intelligence assessments
— which estimated Russia could seize Kyiv in
days and leave up to 50,000 civilians killed
or wounded — suggest that the window for
negotiations is closing.
President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with
new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who has
been accused of not doing enough to respond
to Russian aggression along with his European
allies. French President Emmanuel Macron, who
recently reemphasized France's commitment
to its NATO allies, will meet Russian President
Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday, and then
travel to Kyiv on Tuesday to meet with Ukrainian
President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"The priority for me on the Ukrainian question is
dialogue with Russia and de-escalation," Macron
told reporters last week. "I'm very worried by the
situation on the ground."
The White House on Sunday said Biden and
Macron had spoken by phone to discuss "ongoing
diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response
to Russia's continued military build-up on
Ukraine's borders." Over the weekend, senior
Russian officials dismissed new U.S. intelligence
reports that Russia could take over Kyiv in
days as alarmist and as unlikely as an attack by
Washington on London.
"Madness and scaremongering continues. . . .
What if we would say that US could seize London
in a week and cause 300K civilian deaths?"
Russia's deputy ambassador to the United
Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, tweeted Sunday.
And parliamentary deputy Artem Turov, a member
of Putin's United Russia party, accused the United
States of disseminating fake information and of
"doing everything possible to fan a new conflict."
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 23
On Sunday, Zelensky's office maintained that a diplomatic
solution was more likely than war.
"An honest assessment of the situation suggests that the
chance of finding a diplomatic solution for de-escalation is
still substantially higher than the threat of further escalation,"
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a
However, Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan on
Sunday defended the updated U.S. military and intelligence
assessments that lawmakers and European partners were
briefed on over the past several days, which were U.S. officials'
bleakest appraisal yet of the deteriorating security situation in
"We're in the window where something could happen. That is,
a military escalation and invasion of Ukraine could happen at
any time," Sullivan said on NBC's "Meet the Press," adding:
"We believe that the Russians have put in place the capabilities
to mount a significant military operation into Ukraine, and we
have been working hard to prepare a response."
Still, as Biden administration officials have done for weeks,
Sullivan stressed there remained a "diplomatic path" forward
if Putin chose, even as the U.S. prepared for other scenarios.
"President Biden has rallied our allies. He has reinforced and
reassured our partners on the eastern flank," Sullivan said.
"He has provided material support to the Ukrainians, and he
has offered the Russians a diplomatic path if that's what they
choose instead, but either way, we are ready, our allies are
ready, and we're trying to help the Ukrainian people get ready,
Seven people familiar with the new U.S. intelligence
assessments said Putin has 70% of the combat power he needs
for an assault that — under the most extreme scenario —
could quickly take out the capital, Kyiv, and remove Zelensky,
Ukraine's democratically elected president. Such an invasion,
they said, could trigger a refugee crisis in Europe as up to 5
million people flee.
As of Friday, 83 Russian battalion tactical groups, with about
750 troops each, were arrayed for a possible assault. That is up
from 60 two weeks ago.
The White House has said the United States does not have
information that Putin has made a decision to invade. But
satellite imagery and other intelligence indicate he has amassed
more than 100,000 troops and equipment on the border with
Ukraine — one Western security official put the number at
130,000 — potentially positioning for what could become the
largest military land offensive in Europe since World War II.
The Biden administration in recent days has also warned that
Moscow was considering filming a fake attack against Russian
territory or Russian-speaking people by Ukrainian forces as
a pretext to invade its neighbor — a claim the Kremlin has
The Conflict Intelligence Team, a Russian analytical group that
uses open-source data to track Russian military movements,
reported Sunday that some Russian forces had moved from
a base in Yelnya, in Russia's Smolensk region, closer to the
According to the CIT, a "massive" Russian base at Yelnya
was nearly empty, in what it described as a "dangerous"
development. The CIT said this suggested that "one scenario
of a Russian attack is a deep thrust south towards Chernihiv
and possibly Kyiv."
Chernihiv is a city in northern Ukraine close to the Belarusian
border, less than 90 miles north of Kyiv. The group said that
transfers of Russian troops to the Russian regions of Crimea,
Rostov and Kursk were also worrying.
24 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT MHCE.US
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 25
As the United States moved to
strengthen NATO defenses in
Eastern Europe, Germany has
been reluctant to export arms to
Ukraine, much to the consternation
of Kyiv. However, Scholz recently
indicated that "all options" —
including halting the controversial
Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that
would deepen Berlin's reliance
on Moscow for energy — are on
the table for sanctions in case of a
Russian invasion. Scholz will meet
Putin on Feb. 15.
The pipeline deal has been the
focus of debate in Congress over
a package of sanctions aimed at
Moscow, with Republicans arguing
the administration needs to take a
tougher stance with Germany on
going into business with Moscow.
Sullivan said Sunday that the
pipeline project will not survive a
Russian invasion of Ukraine.
"If Russia invades Ukraine, one
way or another, Nord Stream 2
will not move forward," Sullivan
said on "Meet the Press." "And
Russia understands that. We are
coordinated with our allies in
Europe on that and that will be the
reality if Russia chooses to move
Meanwhile, the head of the
Belarusian Security Council,
Alexander Volfovich, said there
would be "very large" military
maneuvers with Russian forces in
southern Belarus in the coming
days, in response to tensions
between NATO and Russia over
Ukraine. Belarusian President
Alexander Lukashenko has been
playing a key role in Russia's saberrattling
U.S. officials are concerned
that the massive Russia-Belarus
military exercise, set to begin
Thursday, could be used as part of a
multipronged invasion of Ukraine.
The exercise has seen Russian
troops and equipment travel more
than 6,000 miles to Belarus, and
the deployment of advanced
missile systems, fighter planes and
allies of ignoring his key demands
to bar Ukraine from joining NATO,
rule out putting offensive strike
weapons on Russia's borders, and
roll back NATO's weaponry and
force posture to its 1997 boundaries.
U.S. and other leaders have said
Putin's demands to bar Ukraine
from joining NATO are a nonstarter,
but they have remained open to
discussing other security concerns.
On Sunday afternoon, Biden was
asked by reporters what factors
Putin was considering in making
"I think things he cannot get," Biden
Russia also has attempted to paint
Ukraine as the aggressor in the
crisis, warning that a NATObacked
Kyiv could try to take back
Crimea, which Moscow annexed in
2014. Meanwhile, some Ukrainian
officials, including Zelensky, have
taken issue with Washington's
description of Russian deployments
and the likelihood of an "imminent"
attack, fearing it will cause panic
and hurt Ukraine's economy.
Volfovich accused Ukraine of
threatening Belarus in comments
reported by the BelTA state news
agency Sunday. "We did not
consider the southern direction as
a threat to the country's security
before, but today, based on the
assessment of the military-political
strategic situation, we are forced to
consider the southern direction as
well," he said.
Volfovich's comments came after
2,000 U.S. troops arrived in Poland
and Germany on Sunday to bolster
Although U.S. officials say they
believe an assault could be launched
any day, optimal conditions are
thought to come between mid-
February and the end of March,
when Ukraine's flat, open terrain
and the rivers crisscrossing it are
frozen, and armored vehicles can
One possibility is that Putin may
hold off until after the Winter
Olympics in Beijing conclude Feb.
20, in order not to upset China by
overshadowing the Games and
Creating a Culture
threatening Chinese financial
assistance in response to U.S.
Putin, meanwhile, has been
reinforcing his own diplomatic
support network. After a meeting
Friday with Chinese President
Xi Jinping at the opening of the
Olympics, the two leaders issued
a lengthy communique affirming
their mutual grievances over
global issues, including NATO
expansion and security alliances
in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Biden administration has
tried to play down the significance
of Putin's outreach to Xi.
A Russian invasion of Ukraine
could "embarrass Beijing,"
because "it suggests that China
is willing to tolerate or tacitly
support Russia's efforts to coerce
Ukraine," Daniel Kritenbrink, the
top U.S. diplomat for East Asia,
told reporters Friday in a briefing
ahead of the visit.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Care NP
Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
The U.S.-based company Maxar
Technologies on Sunday published
satellite images from Friday
showing deployments of Russian
forces in Belarus.
Moscow has denied that it intends to
invade Ukraine but has made clear
it considers the presence of Western
troops and weapons in the former
Soviet sphere an unacceptable
security threat. Putin has accused
the United States and its European
Learn more at frontier.edu/military
26 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
WWW.M2CC.US Monthly Newsletter | 27
28 | M2CC - News www.m2cc.us FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
College of Nursing
5721 USA Drive North, Mobile, AL 36688
and on Campus
• Pre-Licensure BSN
• Accelerated BSN
Online OptiOns Offered:
• RN to BSN
• RN to MSN
• Post Graduate Certificates
areas Of speCializatiOn:
• Clinical Nursing Leader
• Nursing Administration
• Nurse Practitioner
• Clinical Nurse Specialist
• Nursing Informatics
• Palliative Care
• Nursing Education
• Lipid Management