Biden condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine as ‘cruel, unnecessary war’ in UN speech

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Joe Biden condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “cruel, unnecessary war” in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Biden said Russia “tried to erase a sovereign state from the map and has “blatantly violated the core principles of the United Nations Charter”.

Biden’s comments came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of 300,000 troops to bolster his forces, which have been pushed back by the Ukrainian military in recent weeks.

Russia-controlled regions of southern Ukraine will continue in the coming days with referendums to join Russia, seen by Western officials as a mock trial to annex war-conquered territory.

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Mr Biden noted these latest developments in his remarks, including last night’s threats by Mr Putin to use nuclear weapons.

“Just today, President Putin has openly made nuclear threats against Europe… the Kremlin is organizing a mock referendum to try to annex parts of Ukraine, an extremely significant violation of the UN charter,” he said.

The president said the war being prosecuted by Russian President Vladimir Putin is about “eradicating Ukraine’s right to exist as a state” and the right to exist of the Ukrainian people.

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“Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe…should make your blood clot,” he said.

Biden said the goal of the United States, NATO and the other Western allies that have united in the defense of Ukraine since the invasion began is to end the war “on fair terms,” ​​reflecting the fact that countries “cannot seize the nation”. territory by force”.

“The only country standing in the way is Russia,” he said.

The president also described Russia’s war on Ukraine as a “blatant” violation of “core principles of the United Nations charter”, which he said is now under attack “by those who want to tear it down or twist it for their own political advantage.” ” .

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He called on the UN to reform itself, particularly with regard to the Security Council, which he said should consist of members who “will consistently uphold and defend the UN Charter and refrain from using the veto, except in rare extraordinary situations to remain credible and effective”.

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