President Biden rebuked Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and called the invasion “illegal and reckless” during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
“A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council invaded his neighbor, attempted to erase a sovereign state from the map,” Biden said, as he accused President Vladimir Putin of causing a “brutal, needless war.”
Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the United Nations Charter,” Biden maintained.
“This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people,” the American President said. “Wherever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe…That should make your blood run cold.”
Biden says Vladimir Putin has made nuclear threats against Europe, adding that Russia is calling up more soldiers to fight, and the Kremlin is trying to annex parts of Ukraine.
“The world should see the outrageous acts for what they are,” Biden said.
Biden: What Russia does in Ukraine can happen elsewhere
Biden warned world leaders assembled in New York that what Russia did to Ukraine could happen elsewhere.
“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this very institution stands for, everything,” Biden said, adding that a country “cannot seize a nation’s territory by force.”
“Ukraine has the same rights [belonging] to every sovereign nation,” he concluded. “We will stand in solidarity with Ukraine who will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression, period.”
Russia announces military mobilization in Ukraine
Earlier on Wednesday, Putin announced a partial military mobilization in Ukraine in an effort to redress the setbacks his army has suffered during the last month.
In a national address, Putin said that the army was facing the military operations of the collective West on a front line of over one thousand kilometers in Ukraine.
He said the mobilization concerns “only citizens in the military reserve, those who’ve served in the army.”
Putin also warned that Russia would use “all means available to us” to achieve its objectives in Ukraine.
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to defend Russia and our people, we will use all means we have,” Putin warned. “This is not a bluff.”
“The territorial integrity of our motherland, our independence and freedom will be secured,” he asserted. “I repeat with all the means we have.”
“Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds can turn in their direction,” Putin warned.