Russia’s president “cannot stay in power”, Joe Biden stated in a speech in which he appealed to Russia to oppose the war and assured the Ukrainians that the US is there for them.
In a powerful speech delivered in Warsaw, Poland by the US president, he reaffirmed earlier comments in which he called Vladimir Putin “a butcher”, and described him as “a dictator”. He also stated that stopping the war in Ukraine was “the task for our time”.
He stated that “Brutality won’t bring down the will to be Free.” Russia will not win Ukraine.”
“For God’s sake, this person cannot remain in power,” Mr Biden said at the end his speech.
Later, the White House denied that the US president had called for regime change.
A Kremlin spokesperson responded to Mr Biden’s comment by saying: “That’s not up to Biden to decide. Russians elect the president of Russia.
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Biden also stated to Russians that they were “not the enemy”, and refused to believe they would accept the violence and misery caused by their troops in Ukraine.
He said that “millions of families are being forced from their homes, including half the children of Ukraine.”
“These are not actions of a great country.”
Just hours earlier, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zilenskyy gave one of his regular addresses. He called for more Western nations to send more planes, tanks and anti-missile defense missiles.
He said, “This is what partners have.”
“This is what’s covered in dust at their storage units.
“All of this is not just for freedom in Ukraine, but for freedom all over Europe.
He said that Russia was threatening eastern Europe with a conflict because they had only one percent NATO aircraft and one per cent NATO tanks left in their hangars.
“One percent! We didn’t ask for more. We don’t ask for more. We have waited for 31 days!
“So, who is the Euro-Atlantic Community’s leader?” Are they still in Moscow because of intimidation or?
“Partners must increase assistance to Ukraine”
Putin “strangled democracy”
A month before Ukraine invaded, Mr Biden stated that only swift and punishing costs will convince Mr Putin to change his mind.
His message to Ukrainians was simple: “We stand by you.”
He said that Russia had “strangled democracy”, and had “sought it to do so elsewhere”, while Putin had “the gall” not to invade Ukraine.
Biden stated that it was a lie. It’s just cynical. He is aware of that. It’s also absurd.”
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The speech by Mr Biden ends a four day trip that included a stop in Brussels for a series summits.
Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, told reporters that the US had given Ukraine additional security guarantees regarding defense cooperation.
He said that Ukraine had agreed to work with the US to pressure Europe to impose new sanctions on Russia.