Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed in a rare public appearance to continue the war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has called the invasion genocide – and accused Putin of “trying to erase the idea of being Ukrainian”.
Yesterday Putin said the bloody offensive in Ukraine will continue until its goals are achieved.
He insisted that despite a major withdrawal, the campaign proceeded as planned, despite fierce opposition and significant casualties.
The despot said his invasion aimed to protect people in parts of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed rebels and to ensure Russia’s own security.
He added that Russia had no choice but to launch what he called a special military operation – and vowed it would continue until his land grab was complete.
It comes as Biden hardened his rhetoric when speaking about the conflict.
Last week he said Russia’s actions were war crimes.
But on Tuesday, when addressing soaring energy prices caused by the war, Biden accused Putin of committing genocide against Ukraine.
According to Biden’s public assessment, neither he nor his government announced new consequences for Russia or aid for Ukraine.
Thousands of Ukrainians were killed by shelling and murderous rampages by Putin’s troops during the conflict.
Nearly 20,000 Russian soldiers lost their lives during the botched invasion, and the soldiers face fierce resistance.
Biden’s comments were praised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who had encouraged Western leaders to use the term to describe Russia’s invasion of his country.
He tweeted: “True words from a true leader @POTUS.
“Calling things by their proper name is essential to withstanding evil. We are grateful for the US assistance provided so far and we urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent further Russian atrocities.
Biden said it was up to lawyers to decide whether Russia’s behavior met the international standard for genocide, as Ukrainian officials claimed, but said it certainly felt like it to me.
It’s coming, The Sun revealed Russian soldiers were left rotting in their bunkers yesterday while Ukrainian troops overran their positions – but within days a deadly new attack by Putin’s forces is feared.
The Sun witnessed carnage scenes after a major battle outside Kharkiv – even as Russian President Wladimir Putin vowed to continue his slaughter in the East.
Bodies lay slumped in ripped-up dugouts after Ukraine seized control of a ridgeline in the three-day battle for Mala Rohan – where soldiers are confident they can defeat them Russia.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18249426/vladimir-putin-vows-continue-war-biden-genocide/ Vladimir Putin vows to continue war in Ukraine in rare public appearances as Joe Biden says Russia is committing ‘genocide’