Biden speaks to the UN General Assembly on Ukraine

H.after Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped up his military engagement in Ukraine and issued a nuclear threat, President Biden told the United National General Assembly that his Russian counterpart had “blatantly violated” the UN charter that protects national sovereignty and was working to “wipe a sovereign state off the map.

“No one has threatened Russia and no one other than Russia has sought a conflict,” Biden said, speaking to representatives from 193 countries in New York City. The war in Ukraine is “a war chosen by one man,” she said, and the goal is “the extinction of Ukraine’s right to exist and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people”.

Biden described the discovery of mass graves discovered in Ukrainian cities, as well as evidence of torture, as Russian troops withdrew from recent Ukrainian military advances. “This should make your blood run cold,” Biden said.

Putin called up to 300,000 military reservists on Wednesday in what he described as a “partial mobilization” to bolster the Russian military. He also raised the prospect of a nuclear response if Russian territory was threatened. Putin’s televised speech came as Russia moves to annex parts of Ukraine currently occupied by its military. Speaking from his desk with two white phones lined up behind him, Putin said Russia has “various means of destruction” and “when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will use certainly all the means at our disposal. ” He added: “It’s not a bluff”.

The required service request only applies to Russians already in military reserves, Putin said, and will start with Russians who have special skills or military experience.

Russia’s escalation comes as Ukrainian military units raided Ukrainian cities seized by Russian forces earlier this year, reclaiming thousands of square miles of territory in recent weeks. Russian forces have suffered debilitating strains on logistics and supply lines, as well as the loss of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers due to Ukrainian attacks.

Putin’s decision to deploy hundreds of thousands of reserve troops for the war in Ukraine is “a sign that he is struggling,” White House national security coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby told ABC News Wednesday. “He has suffered tens of thousands of casualties and has terrible morale and cohesion on the battlefield,” Kirby said.

Kirby called Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons “irresponsible rhetoric for a nuclear power”, but described it as “not atypical in the way he has spoken for the past seven months.

“We are monitoring their strategic position as best we can so that, if necessary, we can change ours and see no indication required at this time,” added Kirby.

Ukraine’s advance was aided by the provision of real-time intelligence information on Russian movements to US and European allies, as well as the delivery of sophisticated artillery and shoulder-mounted missile systems designed to destroy Russian tanks. So far, Biden has managed to bolster US military support in Kiev without being sucked into a direct conflict with Russia. Biden has stated since the beginning of the conflict that he has no intention of deploying US troops in Ukraine and that he does not want to risk a nuclear conflict by sending US fighter jets or military units to the area that could be directly within the line of fire of the Ukraine. Russia.

“Biden gets good grades by continuing to supply arms to Ukraine and overshadowing Russia,” said Rajan Menon, an international relations expert at Defense Priorities, a think tank and professor emeritus at City College of New York. But as the war in Ukraine drags on with no clear resolution in sight, the alliance will come under pressure from within as food and oil prices will rise due to the conflict and countries will come under pressure to slow their support for Ukraine. “How long can a Ukrainian economy that is truly strained under the weight of war be sustained?” asks Meno. For this the president does not seem to have a ready answer, and this is not a criticism because neither do I and I think no one else has it “.

More stories to read from TIME


Contact us to letters@time.com.