‘Ukraine is strong and independent’, Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden said in Warsaw that he had just returned from Kiev and could say that after a year of war, Ukraine is standing tall and strong, and most importantly, it is free.
Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation in Moscow, US President Joe Biden met with President Andrzej Duda in Poland and spoke in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. He arrived in Poland after a surprise visit to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
In a speech two days before the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the US president highlighted how he had united the West and NATO to support President Volodymyr Zelensky’s efforts to defend Ukraine.
What did President Joe Biden say?
The US president warned of “tough and bitter days” ahead but said the US and its allies would “be behind Ukraine” for the long haul.
Biden said he last spoke at the castle nearly a year ago, “a few weeks after Vladimir Putin’s assassination.” “The principles that have been the foundation of peace, prosperity and stability on this planet for more than 75 years are in danger of being shattered,” he said.
“A year ago, the world was expecting to hear news of the fall of Kiev,” the US president said. More importantly, he is free.”
“This attack means the world will face a test for a long time. The question is, will we respond or will we turn a blind eye? Will we be strong or weak,” he said. Will all our allies be united or divided?”
President Joe Biden said, “One year later, we know the answer. Our answer is that we will respond, we will be strong, we will be united, and the world will not look away.
The West is not plotting to attack Russia.
“Our support for Ukraine will never waver,” the US president said.
“Today the people of Poland are seeing what the people of Europe have seen for decades, that the appetite for totalitarianism cannot be quenched. They must be opposed,” he said.
“Absolutists only understand one word, no, no, no, no, you can’t take my country. You can’t take my freedom, you can’t take my future.”
Joe Biden said, “Tonight I will repeat in the same place what I said last year. If a dictator is determined to establish a new empire, he will never diminish the love of freedom of the people. Tyranny will never. Neither will be able to crush the desire for independence and Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia.”
Biden also responded to the Russian president’s anti-Western speech in Moscow on Tuesday, in which Putin said Russia, not Ukraine, was fighting for its existence.
Biden said the West is not plotting to attack Russia, as Putin said today. “Millions of Russian citizens who just want to live in peace with their neighbors are not enemies
Putin can easily end this war’
President Biden criticized the Russian President Putin and said that the Russian President can end this war very easily.
He accused Russia of targeting and killing civilians. Using stigma as a weapon of war. Ukraine is stealing children by force from their homeland and conducting airstrikes on railway stations, maternity hospitals, hospitals, schools and orphanages.
“No one can turn a blind eye to the repression that Russia is perpetrating against the Ukrainian people. It is abhorrent,” he said.
Note that Russia denies that it is targeting civilians.
The American president said that the democracies of the world have become stronger against Russian aggression and the dictatorship has weakened in the world.
Polish President Duda hailed Biden’s trip as “fantastic” and said it had boosted the morale of those defending Ukraine.
He said the visit “is a sign that the free world, and its greatest leader, the President of the United States, stands with him.”