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Biden says Putin's bid to 'extinguish' Ukraine should 'make your blood run cold'

Biden says Putin's bid to 'extinguish' Ukraine should 'make your blood run cold'

President Biden ripped Vladimir Putin during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as he said the Russian president had “shamelessly violated” the UN charter by invading Ukraine.

“A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has invaded its neighbour,” the president began before world leaders. “Russia has shamelessly violated the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter.”

“Even today, President Putin made overt nuclear threats against Europe, in reckless disregard of the responsibilities of the non-proliferation regime,” the president said, noting that Russia was now calling more troops into battle.

“This war aims to extinguish Ukraine’s right to exist as a state – plain and simple,” he said. That should chill your blood.

The White House earlier called Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat to Ukraine ‘irresponsible rhetoric’ after the Russian president stepped up his war effort on Wednesday as world leaders gathered in New York for the annual meeting. United Nations.

Putin’s actions came as Russia suffered humiliating battlefield casualties and President Joe Biden prepares to address the assembly, where the war in Ukraine is the main topic.

The Biden administration has warned it will respond to any nuclear threat as needed and said Putin’s “partial mobilization” of 300,000 more troops shows his war effort is “struggling”.

“We must always take this kind of rhetoric seriously,” White House spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s Good Morning America about Putin’s nuclear threat.

“Even today, President Putin made overt nuclear threats against Europe, a reckless disregard for the responsibilities of the non-proliferation regime,” the president said.

“It’s irresponsible rhetoric for a nuclear power to speak like this. But it’s not atypical for the way he has spoken for the past seven months and we take it seriously. We are monitoring as best we can, their strategic posture, so that we can modify ours if necessary. We have not seen any indication that this is necessary at the moment,” he added.

White House calls Vladimir Putin's nuclear threat to Ukraine 'irresponsible rhetoric';  the Russian president's remarks came as President Joe Biden (above) prepares to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday

White House calls Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat to Ukraine ‘irresponsible rhetoric’; the Russian president’s remarks came as President Joe Biden (above) prepares to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday

In a rare address to the Russian nation on Wednesday morning, President Vladimir Putin insisted he would use

In a rare address to the Russian nation on Wednesday morning, President Vladimir Putin insisted he would use “all means” necessary to defend swathes of territory seized or destined for annexation by Kremlin forces in Ukraine.

In a rare address to the Russian nation on Wednesday morning, Putin insisted he would use “all means” necessary to defend swathes of territory seized or slated for annexation by Kremlin forces in Ukraine. And then he issued his threat to use nuclear weapons.

“If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and to protect our people, we will certainly use all means for us – and I’m not bluffing,” he said during his televised address. .

Putin refrained from calling for a full national project, but instead announced a “partial mobilization” of people with military experience, which he said was “necessary” because Western allies had “crossed all lines “by supplying sophisticated weapons to Ukraine.

The White House said it was a sign that Putin was struggling in his war.

“It’s definitely a sign he’s struggling and we know it,” Kirby said.

“He suffered tens of thousands of casualties. He has terrible morale, unit cohesion on the battlefield, command and control is still unresolved, he has desertion issues, and he forces the wounded back into battle. It is therefore clear that labor is an issue for him. He feels like he is on his feet, especially in this area of ​​the northeast – the Dumbas,” he noted.

Speaking from behind a wooden desk, Putin told Russian viewers on state-controlled television: “In its aggressive anti-Russian policy, the West has crossed all lines.

“We constantly hear threats against our people and some irresponsible politicians in the West are talking not only about providing Ukraine with long-range military systems that will be able to hit Russia – this is already the case, we are talking about the border regions, to Belgorod and systems using strategic drones, aircraft, carrying out reconnaissance in the south.

“There are plans in Washington and Brussels to shift military action to Russian territory.

“It’s not just about talking about destroying Russia on the battlefield, they’re talking about political, cultural and all other kinds of sovereignty with complete looting. Now they are talking about nuclear blackmail.

“We must always take this kind of rhetoric seriously,” White House spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s Good Morning America about Putin’s nuclear threat.

Putin's threat comes as war in Ukraine turns sour for Russia

Putin’s threat comes as war in Ukraine turns sour for Russia

British and European allies joined America in saying Putin’s aggressive moves were a sign that his war efforts were failing.

A Ukrainian counterattack last week saw Russian forces in the northwest pushed back over the Ukrainian border.

Biden himself warned Putin not to use nuclear weapons.

‘Don’t. Don’t. Don’t,’ Biden said in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. “You will change the face of warfare like never before since World War II.”

Putin, in his remarks, also endorsed Kremlin-backed referendums in the occupied territories that will allow him to declare those areas part of Russia. This annexation could take place next week.

Analysts fear that Putin will then use these sham elections to say that any further Ukrainian military action in these areas would be seen as an attack on Russia itself.

“This is Ukrainian territory,” Kirby said Wednesday morning. “It doesn’t matter what sham referendum they put up or what vote they hold. It’s still Ukrainian.

Meanwhile, Biden prepares to address the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations where he is expected to call for unity to oppose Putin’s “naked aggression”.

“He will offer a firm rebuke of Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine and call on the world to continue to oppose the naked aggression we have seen in recent months,” the House’s national security adviser said. Blanche, Jake Sullivan. previewing the president’s speech on Tuesday.

“He will stress the importance of strengthening the United Nations and reaffirm the fundamental principles of its charter at a time when a permanent member of the Security Council has struck at the very heart of the charter by questioning the principle of territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

Putin said he wasn't bluffing after issuing his nuclear threat

Putin said he wasn’t bluffing after launching his nuclear threat

Russia has announced its intention to hold referendums in four regions of Ukraine which it fully or partially occupies - Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson

Russia has announced its intention to hold referendums in four regions of Ukraine which it fully or partially occupies – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson

Biden will also address food and energy shortages resulting from Putin’s war.

Russia is now nearly seven months into what was expected to be a multi-day war in Ukraine, and the situation for its troops is growing increasingly desperate.

Having been forced to withdraw from Kyiv in the first months of fighting after its advance was halted, the Kremlin war machine instead focused its efforts on “liberating” the eastern region of Donbass.

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