Biden Publicly Rebukes Putin & Pledges Backup For Ukraine

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Two months into the unfolding war between Russia and Ukraine, the U.S. remains firmly committed to supporting Ukrainians’ efforts to defend their homeland against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression, according to President Joe Biden. While in Ukraine last weekend, U.S. officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin unveiled $322 million worth of additional military aid — meaning weapons — for Ukrainians, significantly adding onto the billions of dollars worth of weapons that the U.S. has already provided to the forces defending Ukraine. Over the weekend, Biden commented on Twitter as follows:

‘Two months after Putin launched an unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine, Kyiv still stands. President Zelenskyy and his democratically-elected government remain in power. We will continue to support Ukrainians in their fight to defend their homeland.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy directly responded to Biden’s new post on Twitter, commenting: “Two months of heroic nationwide resistance of [Ukraine] to the Russian aggression have passed. I’m grateful to @POTUS and the people of [the United States] for leadership in supporting [Ukraine]. Today the Ukrainian people are united and strong, and [Ukrainian-U.S.] friendship and partnership are stronger than ever!” Recently, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude specifically for weapons shipments, touting recently announced deliveries as exactly the sort of thing that his team had been after. “And I am grateful to all our partners who finally heard us. Who provide us with exactly what we asked for,” he said. “Because we know for sure that with these weapons we will be able to save the lives of thousands of people. And we will be able to show the occupiers that the day when they will be forced to leave Ukraine is approaching.”

Ukrainian forces have been able to hold back Russian personnel from some of the key territorial gains they’ve been after. “Despite Russia making some territorial gains, Ukrainian resistance has been strong across all axes and inflicted significant cost on Russian forces,” the U.K. Ministry of Defense said on Sunday. Ukrainians have continued to liberate areas previously held by Russian personnel, including eight jurisdictions in the Kherson region that were recently retaken. It’s the same region where Ukraine recently said it killed two Russian generals and wounded a third in an attack on a Russian command center. All of these battlefield successes for Ukraine’s forces haven’t meant that Ukrainian civilians haven’t gravely suffered. Russian forces have reportedly established a concentration camp in the Kharkiv region, where they’ve tortured those who’ve been detained. The Kyiv Independent reported that “Russian forces set up [a] concentration camp in Kharkiv Oblast, torture civilians. According to Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova, Russian troops created an internment camp in a factory building in Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast. Similar actions are carried out in occupied Izyum.”