Biden claims Russia aims to ‘extinguish Ukraine’s right to exist’

Biden at UN: Ukraine war 'should make blood your run cold'

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Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden called for global leaders to rally around Ukraine and continue the international condemnation of Russia’s brutal invasion. In his New York address the President declared the Kremlin aimed to “extinguish” Ukraine’s sovereignty after Moscow announced plans to continue the conflict by conducting a partial mobilisation of reserve forces. The US leader claimed Vladimir Putin’s statements included “overt nuclear threats” against Western powers, adding that Russia’s military actions should make “blood run cold” across the world.

Addressing the United Nations, President Biden said: “President Putin has made overt nuclear threats against Europe in a reckless disregard for the responsibilities of the non-proliferation regime.

“Now Russia is calling up more soldiers to join the fight and the Kremlin is organising a sham referendum to try to annex parts of Ukraine, an extremely significant violation of the UN Charter. 

“This world should see these outrageous acts for what they are.

“Putin claims he had to act because Russia was threatened. No one threatened Russia and no one other than Russia sought conflict.”

He added: “If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this very institution stands for.  Everything.”

Vladimir Putin issued a decree for the partial mobilisation of reserve military forces in a plot to boost Russian troops on the frontline by 300,000 men.

The Russian President claimed the “threat” of Western nations had prompted the decision as the intervention of NATO power in Ukraine risks Russia’s “territorial integrity”.

The announcement of wider mobilisation has sparked fear among the Russian population as many have urgently sought routes out of the country in a bid to avoid military service.

Shortly after the national address, Russian sources reported flights out of the country to nations that did not require a visa for entry had sold out. In addition, roads to land borders were clogged with bumper to bumper traffic as thousands attempted to flee.

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President Biden continued: “This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.

“Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe – that should make your blood run cold.”

The US President pledged his continued support to the Ukrainian defence, America being the largest supplier of military aid to Kyiv since the outbreak of the conflict.

He said: “Ukraine has the same rights that belong to every sovereign nation.  We will stand in solidarity with Ukraine.  We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression.”

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Vladimir Putin has hinted at the prospect of nuclear conflict if Western allies of Ukraine do not withdraw their support.

The Russian President said: “We will certainly make use of all weapons systems available to us. This is not a bluff.”

UK Foreign Office Minister Gillian Keegan described the statement as a “chilling threat” that should be taken “very seriously”.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace bashed the threats of Russia in a statement that labelled the nation as a “global pariah”.

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