Sunday shows preview: Eastern and southern Ukraine face renewed attack; The end of the travel mask mandate causes confusion

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine, where Russia is launching renewed attacks in the east and south, and a judge’s decision earlier this week to lift the federal mandate for travel masks are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday show circuit.

Amid the renewed Russian offensive, the US and other allies are attempting to ship military equipment to Ukraine to help the country defend itself.

President Biden announced Thursday that the US is sending an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine. The Treasury Department separately announced $500 million in funding that same day to fund state pensions and salaries and other means to keep operations in Ukraine running.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, who attended meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank this week and met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others in Washington, DC, said last Sunday that the Ukraine needs “more ammunition” and “more sanctions” from its western allies.

Schmyhal is to appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Yevheniya Kravchuk, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, will appear on ABC’s This Week and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mask mandate for planes, trains and buses was invalidated by a federal judge in Florida on Monday.

Officials, including senior White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci, have opposed the decision, and the Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it would appeal the verdict at the request of the CDC.

The mandate had previously been extended until May 3 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the BA.2 variant.

White House COVID-19 Coordinator Ashish Jha is scheduled to appear on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, will appear on ABC’s This Week.

This week’s Sunday show circuit is also expected to include a discussion of a warning issued Monday by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to fellow Democrats that is scheduled to appear NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’ Face the Nation and CNN’s State of the Union.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Warren warned other Democrats that to avoid a brutal midterm election result this fall, they must do more to keep their promises.

“Democrats win elections when we show that we understand the painful economic realities facing American families and convince voters that we will bring about meaningful change,” Warren wrote.

Below is the full list of guests who will be appearing on this week’s Sunday talk shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — Yevheniya Kravchuk, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament; Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

NBC’s Meet the Press – Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Ukrainian Ambassador to the USA Oksana Markarova.

CBS’ Face the Nation —Warren; Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal; Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank.

CNN’s State of the Union —Warren; dr Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 Coordinator; Representative Victoria Spartz (R-Ind).

“Fox News Sunday” — Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas).

“Sunday Morning Futures” by FOX News Channel – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R); former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe; Peter Schweizer, author, “Red Handed”; Miranda Devine, contributor to FOX News; Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters (R)

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