Ukraine Russia War Updates: Russia Intensifies Attacks As Biden Says Putin "Cannot Remain In Power".
President Joe Biden stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power" and that the conflict in Ukraine has given the world's democracies "purpose."
The president of the United States made the statements during an emotional speech in Warsaw. White House officials quickly clarified that he was not advocating for regime change in Russia. "That's not for Biden to determine," Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told Reuters in reaction to Biden's remark. The Russian president is chosen by the Russian people." Biden had previously called Putin a "butcher" while comforting migrants in Poland. He also reassured Poland's president that the United States' commitment to defend NATO territory is a "sacred commitment."
In response to a request for comment on Biden's statements, Peskov told Bloomberg News that daily attacks of Putin "narrow the window of opportunity for normalising conversation, which is sorely required right now."
On Saturday, Russian artillery struck Lviv, with television images showing firefighters fighting fires near massive fuel tanks. This comes a day after Russia's military announced that it is concentrating its efforts on gaining complete control of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region. Following high army deaths in the month following its invasion, Russia is relying on "indiscriminate" shelling, according to the United Kingdom.
The United States and the European Union announced a deal to help Europe wean itself off Russian oil imports.
- In a potentially dangerous escalation over Ukraine, Biden calls for Putin's removal.
- Russia claims that the Donbass region of Ukraine is the focus of a possible shift in war strategy.
- The United States and the European Union have reached an LNG supply agreement to reduce their reliance on Russia.
- Museums stage a rescue mission to save Ukraine's culture, which is under attack.
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Japan's Prime Minister warns that an invasion might trigger the world's worst crisis since World War II (5.20 a.m.)
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida claimed that the battle in Ukraine could lead to the world's worst catastrophe since World War II, Kyodo News reported.
In an address to new graduates at the National Defense Academy, Kishida remarked, "One-sided changes dictated by force cannot be accepted in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in East Asia." According to Kyodo, Kishida also stated that by the end of the year, he will revise Japan's national security plan to boost the country's defence capabilities.
The International Atomic Energy Agency is keeping an eye on 'developments' around Chernobyl (1:46 a.m.)
After hearing from Ukrainian officials that Russian troops had taken control of Slavutych, a town near the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power facility in northern Ukraine, the International Atomic Energy Agency stated it was "watching developments."
Many of the plant's employees live in Slavutych, according to the IAEA, and there has been "no staff rotation" at Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, since Monday.
Truss Says , the United Kingdom has established a unit to assist in negotiations (10:25 p.m.)
In an interview with The Telegraph, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss indicated that the UK has established a special diplomatic operation to assist Ukraine "when the Russians are serious about dialogue."
"I don't believe they're serious right now," Truss told the newspaper. "That's why I've said we need to be tough to obtain peace." "We need to ratchet up the sanctions." We need to increase the number of weapons we deliver to Ukraine."
Ukraine has stated that it is willing to negotiate neutrality as long as it receives clear security guarantees from its allies, particularly Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The United States will provide $100 million in 'civil security' assistance (9:40 p.m.)
The United States will provide $100 million to Ukraine for law enforcement, border security, government infrastructure protection, and other "civilian security assistance," according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
"The increased funding will ensure that the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service and the National Police of Ukraine continue to receive personal protection equipment, field gear, tactical equipment, medical supplies, armoured vehicles, and communication equipment," Blinken said in a State Department statement released on Saturday.
The Russian envoy to Warsaw has issued a warning that the embassy may close (8:50 p.m.)
Because of tensions between the two countries over the war in Ukraine, Russia's ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreev, told Russian television that his country's embassy in Warsaw may be "forced to close."
Andreev spoke on the same day that Biden delivered a furious speech in Warsaw in which he lambasted Putin. "It's unlikely that relations will break out," Andreev predicted. "Perhaps we'll have to close the embassy here for a while; in that case, the Poles will have to close their embassy in Moscow as well." Poland ordered 45 Russian diplomats to leave the country earlier this week.
Biden's speech has disappointed several Ukrainians (8:30 p.m.)
While Ukraine's Foreign and Defense Ministers spoke glowingly of their meeting with Biden in Poland on Saturday, there was less unanimity among Ukrainians in approval of the president's statements.
Following Biden's address, local television conversations and social media posts were swamped with disappointment that Biden had not announced new penalties against Russia or additional weapons supplies for Ukraine. The president's remark that the war could go on for a long time was also criticised.
After Biden's remark about Putin, Moscow retaliates (8:30 p.m.)
On Saturday, Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told the Tass news agency that Biden's characterization of Putin as a "butcher" further erodes the prospects for future cooperation between the two countries. "The state head must maintain his sobriety," Peskov said.
Russia has threatened to cut off all connections with the US on several occasions since the war began, as the US slaps harsh economic sanctions on Moscow and Biden has labelled Putin a war criminal.
Biden's call for Putin's removal is being tempered by the White House (7:50 p.m.)
Shortly after Biden concluded a furious speech by saying that Putin could not stay in power, White House officials stressed that he was not advocating for Putin's ouster.
Rather, they claimed, Biden was implying that Putin should not be permitted to rule Ukraine or the rest of the area. After delivering the speech in Warsaw, the American president was preparing to return to Washington.
Putin 'Cannot Remain in Power,' says Biden (6:50 p.m.)
Biden stated that Putin should not be allowed to stay in power and that the war had "revitalised" the world's democracies with "purpose and unity." He urged friends to brace themselves for a long war against a "butcher" in a speech delivered at Warsaw's Royal Castle.
"We must be clear-eyed in this struggle: this conflict will not be won in days or months." "We must prepare ourselves for a lengthy war," Biden added. After an emotional encounter with Ukrainian migrants on Saturday evening, the address was delivered.
Russian Missiles Strike Lviv Once More (6:25 p.m.)
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said that Russian missiles had targeted the city again on Saturday. On his Facebook page, he commented, "Another missile attack." The first assault, according to Sadovyi, hit "industrial sites where fuel was kept."
Five people were hurt in the attack, according to officials.
Chernihiv, Ukraine's northernmost city, has been encircled, according to its mayor (5:02 p.m.)
Even as the southern port city of Mariupol remains under siege, Russian troops have ringed Chernihiv in Ukraine's north, close to the Belarus border, Mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko said in a televised conference, warning of an escalating humanitarian disaster.
"The city has been reduced to ashes," stated Atroshenko. He claimed that out of a pre-war population of around 250,000, more than 120,000 individuals survived, and that at least 200 civilians had been killed in the previous month.
Russian troops blew out a bridge connecting the city to a critical road, and as a result, there are no operational evacuation routes and no way to send supplies in, Atroshenko said.
Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, has been shelled by Russia (4:20 p.m.)
Reports on social media and television footage showed enormous plumes of smoke rising towards Lviv, with air raid sirens wailing in the western Ukrainian city near the Polish border, while Biden was in Poland's capital.
Russian missiles had targeted the city, according to Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, who advised residents to seek shelter. Three strong blasts were felt, according to Lviv region governor Maksym Kozytskyi. Russian missiles have previously struck a military training camp and buildings near Lviv's airport in western Ukraine.
It comes just a day after Russia's military announced that it was concentrating its efforts on gaining complete control of Ukraine's Donbas area in the east.
Poland has asked the United States to expedite the delivery of military hardware (3:50 p.m.)
Patriot missile defence systems, Abrams tanks, and F-35 jets are among the items Warsaw is waiting for. President Andrzej Duda urged the United States to speed up the delivery, noting that Poland wants to strengthen cooperation with the US in civilian nuclear energy and LNG.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Calls for a Boycott of French Companies (3:47 p.m.)
Decathlon and Leroy Merlin representatives declined to comment, while an Auchan spokeswoman did not immediately respond when contacted outside of business hours on Saturday.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has publicly chastised other companies, notably Nestle SA, for not limiting or abandoning their operations in Russia. Many people have already done so.
Renault SA, a French manufacturer, stated on Wednesday that it would close its Moscow facility and assess the future of AvtoVaz, a long-running Russian joint venture. Nestle said that it would halt the majority of its sales and production operations in Russia.
Biden Promises NATO a "Sacred Commitment" (2:12 p.m.)
Biden made the remark during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, a country that has received Russian warnings for sending military supplies to Ukraine and borders Belarus, a key Russian ally. "We see Article 5 of NATO's mutual defence provision as a sacred commitment," Biden stated.
NATO has increased its presence in eastern Europe in recent weeks, while the military alliance has repeatedly ruled out imposing a no-fly zone or sending soldiers into Ukraine because the country is not a member. Duda stated that Poland expects to purchase more military equipment from the United States, but did not elaborate.
Middle Eastern Leaders Bemoan the Struggle for Global Attention (2:04 p.m.)
"The humanitarian suffering that we have seen in Ukraine — and everyone is talking about it right now — has been the suffering of countries in this region for years and nothing has happened," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister, said Saturday at the Doha Forum in Qatar. The remark garnered a round of applause.
The besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been dubbed "Europe's Aleppo" by top EU envoy Josep Borrell, a reference to Syria's civil conflict. "Aleppo was our Aleppo," Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud retorted. "The engagement of the global community and the engagement of powers that may be effective now and then are completely different," he explained.
All Stocks Will Be Traded in Russia (1:49 p.m.)
In another abbreviated session on Monday, Russia will expand limited trading to all shares listed on the Moscow Exchange.
The bourse will also resume trading in foreign shares under a "negotiated regime," according to the Bank of Russia.
Almost 2.27 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland (1:34 p.m.)
A total of 2.268 million individuals have fled Ukraine for Poland, Polish border authorities said. On Friday, 30,500 people registered, with another 6,100 arriving early Saturday.
The majority of those fleeing Ukraine have sought refuge in Poland. Millions more people have been relocated within Ukraine, bringing the total number of displaced people to ten million. On Friday, the number of migrants crossing into Poland was down 6.4 percent from the day before.
Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine Has Reached New Heights (11:27 a.m.)
Ukraine's Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko said the country received 10,300 tonnes of humanitarian aid in the last 24 hours, a record for a single day since the conflict began a month ago.
An aide to President Voldymyr Zelenskiy said, Russian troops are continuing their onslaught in the Kharkiv region's town of Izyum.
Biden Meets With Ukraine's Top Officials and Poland's President (11:45 a.m.)
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister, and Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine's defence minister, met with their American counterparts, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, on Saturday.
President Joe Biden arrived an hour after the conference began and remained for roughly 40 minutes before meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Later on Saturday, the US president is slated to deliver a "major address" on US and coalition actions to assist Ukraine and resist Russian aggression.
In this video, the Russian Defense Minister appears (11:26 a.m.)
Following social media speculation after he hadn't been seen in public for about two weeks, Russia's Defense Ministry released a video of its chief, Sergei Shoigu. Shoigu was discussing the year's military supply priorities.
When asked about Shoigu's disappearance from public view since March 11, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated the official had been too busy to perform media appearances, while state television presented a video of him without sound.