On Wednesday, President Joe Biden strongly rebuked Russia’s war on Ukraine, telling the United Nations that the country had violated the “fundamental principles” of the charter with its aggression.
“Let’s be clear: a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council invaded its neighbor and tried to wipe a sovereign state off the map,” Biden told the General Assembly, adding that the war was “chosen by a single man, to be very blunt.
“Russia has shamelessly violated the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter.”
Biden pointed to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Wednesday of a partial mobilization to call up 300,000 reservists in response to Ukrainian forces regaining control of large swaths of territory near Kharkiv. Putin also announced his intention to hold referendums to annex Russian-occupied regions in eastern and southern Ukraine, and accused the West of engaging in “nuclear blackmail”. The reservists’ announcement led to Russians rushing to book one-way flights out of the country while they still could.
“The world should see these outrageous acts for what they are. Putin said he had to act because Russia was under threat – but no one threatened Russia, and no one but Russia sought conflict,” Biden said, adding that Ukraine is now facing taxes on schools, train stations, hospitals and attacks on Ukrainian centres. history and culture.
Biden also mentioned the latest evidence of Russia’s war crimes: a mass grave discovered earlier this month in the recently liberated town of Izyum in northeastern Ukraine. Investigators found more than 440 men, women and children at the grave, their bodies bearing signs of torture. Ukrainian authorities said they also found evidence of “torture chambers” in the Russian-occupied Kharkiv region.
“This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, pure and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people,” Biden told the UN. “Wherever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe – that should make your blood run cold.
“Because if nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we are jeopardizing everything that this very institution stands for.”
In his remarks, Biden announced that the United States would provide $2.9 billion to support the strengthening of global food security, which he said is under threat due to the climate crisis, the pandemic and the consequences of the Russian invasion. According to the president, around 193 million people worldwide are experiencing acute food insecurity, an increase of 40 million from last year.
“In the meantime, Russia is spreading lies trying to blame the food crisis on the sanctions imposed by many around the world for the aggression against Ukraine,” Biden said. “So let me be perfectly clear on something: our sanctions explicitly allow Russia to export food and fertilizers, without limitation. It is Russia’s war that is making food insecurity worse, and only Russia can end it.