Joe Biden And Putin

Biden Denounces ‘Premeditated War’ in Ukraine After Putin Announces ‘Special Military Operation’

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Vladimir Putin has announced a “special military operation” in the Donbas area of Ukraine, a separatist region in the country which he said this week should be independent — a move rejected by the U.S. and Ukraine.

In a televised address, Putin said that the operation is to “demilitarize” Ukraine and that Ukrainian servicemen who put down their arms will be able to safely leave the combat zone, per the Associated Press.

Putin also issued a warning to anyone who tried to intervene, saying they “must know that Russia’s answer will be immediate, and will lead to such consequences as you never experienced in your history,” according to The New York Times.

Explosions were also reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk and other parts of Ukraine shortly after Putin’s televised address, the Times reports.

President Joe Biden issued a statement on ​​Russia’s invasion shortly after the address aired, writing, “The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces.”

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“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” Biden’s statement continued. “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.”

The President went on to write that he will address the nation on Thursday as he monitors the situation overseas.

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