Joe Biden condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “brutal and unnecessary war” in a speech at the United Nations general assembly.
Biden said Russia “attempted to erase a sovereign state from the map and “blatantly violated the core principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
Biden’s remarks came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial deployment of 300,000 troops to bolster his forces, which had been delayed in recent weeks by the Ukrainian army.
Russian-controlled regions in southern Ukraine are pushing ahead with referendums on becoming part of Russia in the coming days, seen by Western officials as a bogus process to annex war-captured territory.
Biden noted these latest developments in his comments, including threats to use nuclear weapons made by Putin last night.
“Just today, President Putin made nuclear threats against Europe… the Kremlin is organizing a fake referendum to try to annex parts of Ukraine, an extremely significant violation of the UN charter,” he said.
The president said the war being prosecuted on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to “extinguish Ukraine’s right to exist as a state” and the right of the Ukrainian people to exist.
“Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe in… must make your blood run cold,” he said.
Biden said the goal of the United States, NATO and other Western allies who have rallied to Ukraine’s defense since the start of the invasion is for the war to end “on fair terms”, reflecting the fact that countries “cannot take the power of a nation”. territory by force”.
“The only country standing in the way of this is Russia,” he said.
The president also described Russia’s war against Ukraine as a “shameless” violation of “fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations”, which he said was now under attack “by those who wish to overturn or distort it for their own purposes.” political advantage”. .
He called for the UN to reform, particularly with regard to the Security Council, which, he said, should be composed of members who “will consistently follow and uphold the UN Charter and refrain from using the veto, except in rare situations.” extraordinary measures to ensure it remains credible and effective”.