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Strongly condemning Russia’s seven-month invasion, Biden said reports of Russian abuse against civilians in Ukraine “will make your blood run cold”.
He criticized Russia for setting a “sham referendum” this week in forcibly seized territory in Ukraine.
“A permanent member of the UN Security Council invades his neighbor, attempts to wipe a sovereign state off the map. Russia has shamelessly violated the basic principles of the UN Charter,” he told his UN audience. Told.
Biden called on all countries, whether democracies or autocracies, to speak out against Russia’s aggression and strengthen Ukraine’s effort to defend itself.
“We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression, period,” Biden said.
Biden also highlighted the consequences of the invasion for the world’s food supply, pledging US2.9 billion ($4.35 billion) in global food security aid to address shortages caused by the war and the effects of climate change. He praised the UN brokered effort to build a corridor for Ukrainian grain exported by sea, and called for the agreement to continue despite the ongoing conflict.
Biden is the latest world leader to react to the latest escalation from Putin, who said on Wednesday he was activating a partial mobilization to boost military numbers in Ukraine.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Wednesday Putin’s statement, in which he announced an increase in military recruitment and threatened nuclear deployment in the war, indicated that “Ukraine is winning”.
“President Putin’s breaking of his own promises not to mobilize parts of his population and illegal occupation of parts of Ukraine is an acknowledgment that his invasion is failing,” Wallace said in a statement.
“He and his defense minister have sent thousands of their civilians to their deaths, sick and badly headed,” Wallace said.
“No threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war, the international community is united and Russia is becoming a global pariah.”
Kyiv’s mayor said Putin had “started the procedures that would bury him”.
“The mobilization and nuclear threats announced by Putin will not help the aggressor to conquer and destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians,” Vitaly Klitschko said on his official Telegram channel.
“The tyrant finally began the procedures that would bury him in his country.
“The civilized world must finally understand that evil must be completely destroyed, and not talk about some deceptive ‘peace talks’.”
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the Kremlin would seek to “destroy” Ukraine and change its borders.
“Information about partial mobilization in Russia has been confirmed. Russia will continue its work of destruction and will try to destroy Ukraine and take part of the territory,” Moraviki said during a speech on Wednesday.
“We cannot agree to this. When Russia shows its brute force, we must show our defense power.
“Poland is part of the most important alliance in the history of the world and it is a powerful guarantee of security for us.”
In response to Putin’s announcement, the Lithuanian government has increased the preparedness of its military’s rapid reaction force.
“Lithuania’s Rapid Reaction Force is being put on high alert to prevent any provocation from Russia,” Lithuania’s Minister of National Defense Arvidas Anusukas tweeted.
Lithuania, a member of the European Union, shares a 297-kilometre border with Kaliningrad Oblast, an exclave of Russia.
A top government official in Latvia said it would not shelter Russians fleeing Putin’s side to partially mobilize civilians in the war in Ukraine.
“For security reasons, Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other visas to Russian nationals who are evading mobilization, nor will it replace the cross-border restrictions imposed on Russian nationals with Schengen visas since September 19,” said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs The minister, Edgars Rinquevis, tweeted.
Rinkavi’s announcement comes days after his country joined other Baltic states to impose restrictions on some Russian tourists, in a move to tighten sanctions in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Poland, reached an agreement earlier this month to limit the issuance of Schengen area visas because of “a serious threat” to the security posed by the influx of Russians.
The Schengen Area is comprised mostly of 26 EU countries that allow unrestricted movement within the territory’s borders.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Putin’s latest move would further isolate Moscow.
Speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Macron expressed his dismay at a decision that would “draw (Putin’s) country, and especially the youth of his country, into war”.
Macron continued: “And so today, Russia is increasingly isolated.”