Biden calls on UN to support Ukraine, says Putin was ‘reckless’ in veiled nuclear threat: Updates

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President Joe Biden strongly condemned the Kremlin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine and urged the world to stand behind efforts to defuse aggression, telling the United Nations that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is trying to use his nuclear arsenal. Were about “reckless” in issuing a veiled threat.

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Russia’s attacks on schools, hospitals and railway stations “should make your blood run cold,” Biden told the United Nations on Wednesday in an attempt by Putin to authorize a partial mobilization of reservists to raise the fate of Russia’s flag in Ukraine. said after.

“A permanent member of the UN Security Council invades his neighbor, attempts to wipe a sovereign state off the map. Russia has shamelessly violated the basic principles of the UN Charter,” Biden told the body’s general assembly in New York. told.

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In a televised address announcing the first call-up to Russia’s reservists since World War II, Putin accused the West of nuclear blackmail and said his government would use all its means to defend the country.

“Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds can also turn towards them,” Putin said.

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Biden accused him of showing “reckless disregard” for Russia’s responsibilities as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and underlined that the core values ​​of the United Nations are at risk if they do not stand up to Putin.

Biden said, “You can’t forcefully occupy a country’s land.” “Each of us in this body must be clear, firm and firm in our will.”

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Putin announces ‘partial’ military mobilization

Putin announced a partial military mobilization in a televised address to his nation on Wednesday as Ukraine’s counter-offensive continued to push its invading troops back toward the Russian border.

Putin’s plan, which begins by calling out reservists who have previously served in the military, was unveiled hours after Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans to hold a vote on becoming permanent parts of Russia.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 300,000 people – a little more than 1% of the 25 million reserves that fit the description – would be called up for military service.

Putin had previously avoided callups in his attempt to downplay the effects of the war – a term he rejected in favor of a “special military operation” – on the Russian population. But the struggle he had hoped would come to an end in weeks, has dragged on for seven months and has little sign of ending any time soon.

He blamed the escalation on the West, telling his people that the US and its allies were attempting to break Russia “deadly into a series of warring zones and territories.”

What is partial mobilization?

Putin said the partial mobilization meant that only Russians who are currently in reserve would be subject to enlistment. Those initially brought back into the military will include experts and others with “relevant experience”, Putin said.

It will be enough to “remove the threats we face, that is, to protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the safety of our people and people in free zones,” he said.

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Did Putin threaten nuclear war?

Putin accused the West of nuclear blackmail, blaming Ukraine and its allies for the bombings near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Ukraine has blamed Russia for the bombings, which international regulators have warned could lead to a nuclear disaster. Putin also accused leading NATO countries of suggesting that nuclear weapons could be used against Russia.

“I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and … to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all means at our disposal,” Putin said. “It’s not a hoax.”

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Democratic youth movement in Russia opposed the war

russian Vesna Democratic Youth Movement Protests were called across the country in response to Putin’s escalation of the war. The group urged frontline military units to refuse to participate in the ‘special operation’ or to surrender at the earliest. The website, difficult to access from the US, provides a hotline for soldiers looking for a way out.

“You don’t have to die for Putin,” the group said in a statement. “You are needed in Russia by those who love you. You are like cannon fodder to the authorities, where you will be wasted without any meaning or purpose.

When will the referendum take place?

The referendum will begin on Friday in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk regions. The referendum has been discussed for weeks, but voting was not expected until November. Ukraine’s military advantage forced the Kremlin to push the vote on the pretext of increasing its military effort in those areas.

Former President Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council headed by Putin, said the “irreversible” borders would be redrawn as a result of the successful referendum. Moscow, he warned, could use “any means” to defend them.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the vote as “noisy” and thanked Ukraine’s allies for condemning the vote. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Russia would manipulate “false” consequences to seize the land.

“Let me make it clear that if this happens, the United States will never recognize Russia’s claims on any alleged part of Ukraine,” Sullivan said.

After the vote, talks will be ‘impossible’, says Russian lawmaker

The chairman of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower parliament said any prospect of talks with Ukraine would be impossible after the Donbas region votes to join Russia. Leonid Slutsky said that the negotiation process has passed the point of no return.

“Kyiv politicians had previously said that surrender was the only possible development” that could end the fighting, he said. “We were ready to negotiate, but Kyiv violated all agreements.”

Russia is cracking down on deserters

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted this week to toughen laws against abandonment, surrender and looting by Russian troops. Lawmakers also voted to introduce a possible 10-year prison sentence for soldiers who refuse to fight. The laws are expected to get approval from the upper house and Putin.




Source: www.usatoday.com

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