Biden eats pizza with US soldiers in Poland
President Joe Biden has arrived in Poland, which is bearing the brunt of an exodus of Ukrainians fleeing the attack on their country. Mr Biden first visited the town of Rzeszów, less than 100km (62 miles) from the south-eastern border with Ukraine, where he and President Andrzej Duda of Poland were briefed on the humanitarian relief response.
In remarks, Mr Biden reiterated his belief that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal and described brave resistance of the citizens of Ukraine as “Tiananmen Square, squared”. The president also said he was disappointed that he was unable to cross the border to see the situation for himself, implying that the security concerns were too great — there had been much speculation about such a visit.
Both presidents will meet formally in Warsaw on Saturday.
The visit comes after a marathon series of meetings on Thursday with Nato, G7 and EU leaders in Brussels. Mr Biden said the extraordinary summit was a testimony to the unity of the US and its allies in the face of Russian aggression in Europe.
A number of new sanctions were imposed on Russia as leaders met, and the president said he also wants Russia removed from the G2. He stressed that it is the organization’s decision whether to do so, adding that an alternative would be for Ukraine to attend as an observer.
Hundreds watch Biden motorcade in Warsaw
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 18:20
Pro-Ukraine rally in Warsaw ahead of Biden visit
A large crowd is rallying in support of Ukraine outside the Palace of Culture and Science in central Warsaw.
CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe reports that the mostly young crowd are chanting in English: “Close the sky! Close the sky! Close the sky!”
Mr Biden has just arrived in the Polish capital.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 18:15
Biden heads to Warsaw
Following the humanitarian response briefing, Joe Biden is not on his was to Warsaw where on Saturday he will have a more formal meeting with President Duda, visit Ukrainian refugees, and deliver a speech.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 17:54
ICYMI: Biden says Nato would respond ‘in kind’ to Russian use of chemical weapons
The president spoke after a day of summits in Belgium with Nato allies, the European Union and G7 partners.
Mr Biden was asked if chemical weapons were used in Ukraine, “would that trigger a military response from Nato”.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 17:42
White House clarifies Biden ‘when you’re there’ remark to troops
When speaking to US troops after the pizza lunch, the president was heard to say: “You’re going to see when you’re there, you’re going to see women, young people standing in the middle, in the front of a damn tank saying I’m not leaving.”
This remark prompted some speculation as to whether Mr Biden had misspoken about sending troops into Ukraine.
A White House spokesperson told The Independent‘s Andrew Feinberg: “The president has been clear, we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 17:15
AOC warns Biden’s poll numbers could signal poor turnout among Dems
“This is really about the collapse of support among young people, among the Democratic base,” the second-term New York congresswoman told Errol Louis on the NY1 political program Inside City Hall. “They aren’t necessarily being seen.”
Johanna Chisholm reports.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 17:00
In pictures: Biden and Duda attend humanitarian response briefing
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 16:40
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 16:30
Biden praises ‘back bone’ of Ukrainian people, says he was told he wasn’t allowed to go to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden on Friday said his advisers have told him he cannot visit the Poland-Ukraine border because of security concerns as he hailed the courage of Ukrainians — soldiers and ordinary citizens alike — who’ve taken up arms to defend against the now month -long unprovoked Russian invasion of their country.
Andrew Feinberg has the latest.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 16:19
Biden says ‘they will not let me’ cross border into Ukraine
Highlighting the refugee crisis caused by Russia’s invasion, President Joe Biden says he believes his accusations that Putin is a war criminal will meet the legal definition.
He says he is disappointed that he can’t see the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine first hand, he might’ve before he became president.
President Biden says they won’t let him cross the border from Poland, but adds it is understandable given the safety concerns.
He says that the sight of Ukrainians standing up to the Russian invasion is like “Tiananmen Square, squared”.
Oliver O’Connell25 March 2022 15:56