Biden condemns ‘Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine’

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Originally Published: 23 FEB 22 22:30 ET
Updated: 23 FEB 22 22:36 ET

(CNN) — US President Joe Biden condemned an “unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces” in a statement Wednesday evening following explosions in Ukraine.

President Biden Delivers Remarks On Russia And Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia and Ukraine in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden said the United States remains open to high-level diplomacy in close coordination with allies, building on the multiple diplomatic off-ramps the U.S., its allies and partners have offered Russia in recent months. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” Biden said. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”

Shortly before explosions began in Ukraine, Russian President Vladmir Putin called for Ukraine’s “demilitarization” in televised remarks announcing a military operation.

Biden said that he planned to speak to the American people on Thursday and would announce “further consequences” that the US and its allies planned to impose on Russia over “this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security.”

“We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance,” Biden said.

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