President Biden met with his national security team in the Situation Room this morning to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine. “Biden discussed how we will hold Russia accountable for an unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” the White House reported.
Condemning Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine”, the US president said the pre-planned war would bring a catastrophic loss of human life.
Stating that the United States and its allies and allies would respond in a united and decisive manner, Biden said Russia alone was responsible for the death and destruction caused by this attack. He said the world would hold Russia accountable.
The US President further said that he will now monitor the situation from the White House and will hold a meeting with his G-7 counterparts in the morning.
Biden said the US would also coordinate with its NATO allies to ensure a strong, united response to deter any aggression against the coalition.
In addition, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has explicitly stated that the organization has activated its defense plans, but specified that troops will not be deployed inside Ukraine.
He said more than 100 jets and 120 allied ships have been sent to the Mediterranean.
Biden also spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after Russia announced a military operation in eastern Ukraine.
Notably, Russian Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of Ukraine’s separate regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, after which Biden imposed sanctions on Russia and reaffirmed US support to Ukraine.
Ukraine gained independence in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin said special military operations were being launched in the Donbass region “to protect” the people. He also warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russian action would have “consequences”.
Leaders of several countries, including the UK, US, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russia’s military operations in the Donbass region. (ANI)
First published:February 24, 2022, 8:43 PM