US President Joe Biden denounced Vladimir Putin over the months-old war in Ukraine, bluntly calling the Russian leader “a butcher” who “cannot stay in power”.
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US President Joe Biden called the conflict in Ukraine a “strategic failure” for Russia, but said ordinary Russians are “not our enemy”. He also warned Russia not to move within an “inch” of NATO territory.
President Biden called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “butcher” who “cannot stay in power” after meeting top Ukrainian ministers for the first time since the Russian invasion. However, within minutes of his comments in Warsaw, a White House official downplayed President Biden’s comments.
The Kremlin rejected US President Joe Biden’s comment, saying it was up to Russians to elect their own president. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “That is not for Biden to decide. The president of Russia is elected by the Russians.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Western countries provide a fraction of the military hardware in their stockpile and asked if they were afraid of Moscow.
The United States plans to provide Ukraine with another $100 million in civilian security assistance. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the aid would be to build the capacity of Ukraine’s interior ministry.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said British sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine could be lifted if Moscow commits to a full ceasefire and withdraws its troops.
The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said 3,772,599 Ukrainians have fled the country since the Russian invasion a month ago.
Ukraine said its forces have recaptured the northeastern city of Trostianets, near the Russian border, one of the first cities taken during the Russian invasion.
Two rocket attacks hit Ukraine’s western city of Lviv on Saturday, injuring five people, regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said after local authorities told residents to seek shelter after the powerful explosions on the outskirts of the city.
Mariupol City Council posted on Telegram that while 140,000 civilians have been able to flee the besieged city, another 170,000 are trapped there.