WARSAW — President Biden delivered a forceful denunciation of Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, declaring “for God’s sake, this man can not stay in energy” and casting the battle because the “check of all time” in a decades-long battle to defend democracy.
Administration officers have been cautious to not trace at Mr. Putin’s elimination from workplace, figuring out that it could be taken by the Kremlin as a harmful escalation. Shortly after Mr. Biden’s speech concluded, the White Home insisted that the president was not calling for regime change.
“The president’s level was that Putin can’t be allowed to train energy over his neighbors or the area,” a White Home official stated in a press release to reporters. “He was not discussing Putin’s energy in Russia, or regime change.”
In a speech from a fort that served for hundreds of years as a house for Polish monarchs, Mr. Biden drew a stark line between the forces of liberty and oppression on the earth. He described the face-off with Mr. Putin as a second he has lengthy warned about: a conflict of competing international ideologies.
“Russia’s alternative of battle is an instance one of many oldest human impulses — utilizing brute pressure and disinformation to fulfill a yearning for absolute energy and management,” he declared earlier than a crowd of a whole bunch of individuals. “On this battle, we should be clear: this battle is not going to be received in days or months both. We have to metal ourselves for the lengthy combat forward.”
The president unleashed an offended tirade in opposition to Mr. Putin for the declare that his invasion is meant to “de-Nazify” Ukraine. Mr. Biden referred to as that declare “a lie,” noting that President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish and his father’s household was killed within the Holocaust.
“It’s simply cynical. He is aware of that. And it’s additionally obscene,” Mr. Biden stated.
Mr. Biden stated the battle in Ukraine was nothing lower than an extension of the Soviet Union’s lengthy historical past of oppression, courting again to its army invasions of Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia within the Fifties and Sixties to finish pro-democracy actions, following the top of World Conflict II.
These international locations received their freedom from the Soviet Union, he stated, however stated that “the battle for democracy didn’t conclude with the top of the Chilly Conflict.”
“Immediately, Russia has strangled democracy and sought to take action elsewhere,” he stated.
The president spoke on to Russia’s residents: ‘Let me say this in case you’re in a position to pay attention,” he stated. “You the Russian persons are not our enemy.” He described the horrors suffered by Ukrainian individuals in the course of the previous month. “These aren’t the actions of an awesome nation.”