“For God’s sake, this man cannot stay in power,” Biden said of Putin as he finished a speech on Ukraine in Warsaw. This is the first time that the US president has called for a change of government in Russia.
“We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principles, hope and light”, promised.
The statement reflects a significant change in American approach to Moscow as US officials had previously said that removing Putin from power was not their goal. Later, however, the White House tried to clarify that the president was not advocating “regime change”.
“What the president (Biden) meant is that Putin cannot be allowed to wield power over his neighbors or in the region. He was not talking about Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.”said an official.
Before thousands of people in Warsaw, many of them Ukrainians, Biden also called on the West to arm itself with “courage” for a long war in Ukraine, and acknowledged that victory will not come in days or months. ”In this battle, we must keep our eyes open: it will not be won in days and months. We need to arm ourselves with courage for the long fight ahead of us”he said during his speech.
The president invoked a famous Anti-communist speech by former President Ronald Reagan, who in 1987 implored the Soviet Union to “tear down this wall” in Berlin. It fell just over two years later. At the beginning of his intervention, he in turn quoted the speech that Pope John Paul II gave in Poland in 1979, in which he implored the Polish people “not to be afraid” of oppressive regimes.
The American warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir, on Saturday Putin, that there will be consequences if his troops go a single centimeter into NATO territory.”Don’t even think about moving an inch inside NATO territory,” Biden warned., reiterating the “sacred obligation” of alliance members to defend their territory “with the full force of our collective power.” AND I send a message to Ukraine: “We are with you”.
In addition, Biden assured that the offensive has already become a “strategic failure for Russia”, and remarked as a great consequence that “the ruble has been reduced to rubble”. However, he devoted a part of his speech to making it clear that the Russian people are not the enemy of the United States.
“You, the Russian people, do not deserve this war,” said Biden, who assured that it cannot be believed that the Russians agree to the murder of “innocent” children and old people.
The American president began and ended his speech with references to the Polish Pope John Paul II and repeated his famous phrase on several occasions: “Do not be afraid”.
Earlier, the president had called “butcher” to his Russian counterpart, during a visit to a Ukrainian refugee camp in the Polish capital. Earlier, he had called him a “war criminal” during the beginning of his visit to the country. The first time he did it, in the middle of the month, the Kremlin considered the statements “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
Also almost a week and a half ago, Biden described the Russian president as a “murderous dictator” and “pure thug”.
Biden claimed that He is in Poland to see the humanitarian crisis “first hand”, although he has regretted that he cannot do it from Ukraine.
Poland, with the feeling of being threatened
During one of the first meetings held in Warsaw, the President of Poland, Andrzej Dudatold Biden that the Poles have a “overwhelming feeling of being threatened”; a fear that Russia might attack her territory after having invaded Ukraine.
In response, Biden said he considers his commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which would force the United States to intervene if Russia attacked Poland or another NATO member state, “sacred.”.
“We see article 5 as a sacred obligation. A sacred obligation. They can count on that. Your freedom is ours”, assured Biden to Duda.
The American considered it essential that NATO remains “absolutely, completely and totally united, without separation in their points of view”, and to act “in unison”.
The president met with Duda after meeting in a hotel in Warsaw with Ukrainian Foreign and Defense Ministers Dmitro Kuleba and Oleksii Reznikov; along with the United States Secretaries of State and Defense, Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin.
The meeting was the Biden’s first meeting with a Ukrainian official since the beginning of the Russian invasionand in it they spokeon future efforts to help Ukraine defend its territory”, according to the White House.
After the meeting, Ukrainian Defense Minister Expressed “Cautious Optimism” About Future US Assistance to Ukraineand assured in a tweet that Biden had told him: “Ukraine has inspired the whole world.”
Together they discussed the “significant military and humanitarian assistance that the United States provides to Ukraine” as well as “increased efforts to help Ukraine defend its territory.”
Lastly, the ministers and Biden “discussed the ongoing US actions to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable by Russia’s brutal aggression, in coordination with allies and partners.”
According to the latest assessment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nearly 1,100 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and 1,754 injured as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion.
“From 4 a.m. on February 24, when the armed attack by the Russian Federation against Ukraine began, until 12 a.m. on March 25, the High Commissioner has recorded 1,104 deaths and 1,754 injuries,” according to the report.
The UN noted that the real figures “are considerably higher, especially in the territory controlled by the Government and especially in recent days”, due to the lack of information from some places where intense hostilities have taken place and many details of the casualties “are still pending corroboration”.
United Nations also “took note” of the report of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraineaccording to which as of 08:00 (local time) on March 26, 136 children had died and 199 had been injured.
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