War in Ukraine: Biden says Putin ‘cannot stay in power’ as Zelenskyy urges Europe to hand over weapons ‘covered in dust’ | world news



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The Russian president “cannot stay in power,” Joe Biden said in a speech begging Russians to stand up to the war, telling Ukrainians the US backs them.

In a powerful speech in Warsaw, Poland, the US president built on past comments calling Vladimir Putin a “butcher”, describing him as “a dictator” and saying that stopping the war in Ukraine is “the task of our time.” “is.

He said: “Cruelty will never diminish the will to be free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia.”

“For God’s sake, this man can’t stay in power,” Biden added at the end of his speech.

The White House later denied that the US president called for regime change.

And a Kremlin spokesman, responding to Mr Biden’s comment, said: “That’s not for Biden to decide. Russia’s president is elected by Russians.”

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine on March 26

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Biden also told the people of Russia that they are “not the enemy”, saying he refused to believe they welcomed the violence and misery their troops brought to Ukraine.

“Millions of families are being displaced from their homes, including half of all Ukrainian children,” he said.

“These are not the actions of a great nation.”

Mr Biden’s words came just hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered one of his regular speeches, calling for more from Western countries, including aircraft, tanks, missile defenses and anti-ship weapons.

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‘He’s a butcher’ – Biden on Putin

“This is what our partners have,” he said.

“This is what is covered in dust in their storage facilities.

“After all, this is all for freedom, not just in Ukraine – this is for freedom in Europe.”

He added that Eastern Europe was at risk of a collision with Russia “because they had left only one percent of all NATO planes and one percent of all NATO tanks somewhere in their hangars”.

“One percent! We didn’t ask for more. And we don’t ask for more. And we’ve been waiting for 31 days!

“So who runs the Euro-Atlantic community? Is it still Moscow because of harassment?

“Partners must step up aid to Ukraine.”

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‘Powerful’ explosions outside Lviv

Putin ‘strangled democracy’

Earlier, Mr Biden had said “quick and punitive” charges are the only things that will cause Mr Putin to change course, a month after Ukraine was invaded.

He said his message to the Ukrainians is simple: “We are behind you.”

Russia, he added, had “strangled democracy” and “would try to do so elsewhere”, while Putin had “the audacity” to say he did not invade Ukraine.

Biden said, “It’s a lie. It’s just cynical. He knows that. And it’s obscene too.”

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Mr Biden’s speech ends a four-day journey that also included an earlier stop for a series of summits in Brussels.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters that Ukraine had received additional security commitments from the US on developing defense cooperation.

He also said Ukraine agreed with the US on ways to put pressure on Europe to impose new sanctions on Russia.

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