Biden speech – live: President delays Ukraine address after meeting G7 leaders over Russia invasion




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President Joe Biden is expected to address the nation about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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President Joe Biden has pushed back his address to the nation about the escalating crisis in Ukraine after holding emergency meetings with the G7 leaders and his national security council to come up with a plan of action against Russia.

The president will now give his speech at 1:30pm ET on Thursday – one hour later than planned – where he is expected to announce a series of sanctions against Moscow including further restrictions on banks and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning with a series of missile attacks on cities including the capital Kiev.

Since then, dozens of Ukrainians have been killed, civilians are fleeing their homes and global markets have plunged.

Mr Biden has vowed to hold Russia “accountable” for the “premeditated war” and condemned the attack in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky overnight.

On Thursday morning, the president gathered his top national security officials in the White House situation room before joining the other G7 leaders in a meeting where the nations vowed to unite in rolling out “severe sanctions” on Russia.

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Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 18:39

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Biden: G7 ‘agreed to move forward on devastating packages of sanctions’ against Russia

Mr Biden tweeted on Thursday afternoon that the G7 leaders had together “agreed to move forward on devastating packages of sanctions” against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

“This morning, I met with my G7 counterparts to discuss President Putin’s unjustified attack on Ukraine and we agreed to move forward on devastating packages of sanctions and other economic measures to hold Russia to account,” he tweeted.

“We stand with the brave people of Ukraine.”

The president met virtually with the other leaders on Thursday morning ET and is about to address the American people about the US’s plans to crack down on Russia.

Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 18:29

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US doesn’t rule out possibility of Russia ‘lashing out’ with cyber attack on America

Officials are not ruling out the possibility that Russia could retaliate against sanctions imposed by the US by targeting American companies or infrastructure in cyber attacks.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep Adam Schiff admitted in a press briefing on Thursday that there are concerns that “Russian tools” used to carry out cyber attacks in Ukraine will extend beyond the country.

“The other possibility is that Putin lashes out at the United Sates and NATO and in this hybrid warfare that they use cyber stools to attack American companies or American infrastructure,” he said.

“We have to hope and pray that it doesn’t happen but in warfare there is always the risk of escalation.”

The congressman said that American companies should focus on best practices in cyber security to reduce risks of falling foul to an attack.

Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 18:23

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Top Republicans break rank from Trump and condemn Putin

Several top Republicans have broken rank with Donald Trump and condemned the actions of Mr Putin – after the former president called the Russian president a “genius”.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy squarely placed the blame for the invasion of Ukraine on Mr Putin’s shoulders in a statement on Twitter.

“Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is reckless and evil,” he said.

“The United States stands with the people of Ukraine and prays for their safety and resolve. Putin’s actions must be met with serious consequences.

“This act of war is intended to rewrite history and more concerning, upend the balance of power in Europe. Putin must be held accountable for his actions by him.”

Ahead of the invasion, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also condemned Mr Putin and urged Mr Biden to take necessary action.

Mr Trump heaped praise on Mr Putin on Tuesday, calling his move to recognize two regions of Ukraine as independent “genius”.

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Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 18:12

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Rep. Adam Schiff says US will ‘dramatically escalate’ sanctions on ‘dictator’ Putin

California Rep Adam Schiff has said the US will “dramatically escalate” sanctions on Russia in response to the “full-on invasion” of Ukraine by “dictator” Mr Putin.

The House Intelligence Committee Chair said in a press conference in the US Capitol on Thursday that the US needs to sanction Russian banks, cut off its access to Western capital and “sophisticated technology” and roll out more restrictions on Russian oligarchs.

“We need to dramatically escalate the sanctions that we place on Russia for this act of naked aggression by the Kremlin dictator,” he said.

“We need to move to sanction the largest banks in Russia, we have to cut off Russia from the international financial system and its ability to access Western capital.

“We need to attack its ability to gather sophisticated technology for its weapon systems.

“We have to go after more of its oligarchs and we need to continue to strengthen our NATO defenses in the region.”

Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 18:06

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Biden delays address to nation until 1:30pm

Mr Biden has delayed his address to the nation where he is expected to roll out harsher sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

The president will now give a speech at 1:30pm ET on Thursday – one hour later than planned.

The delay comes after Mr Biden spent the morning holding a national security council meeting in the White House situation room, followed by a virtual meeting with the other members of the G7.

The G7 leaders released a joint statement vowing to bring forward “severe and coordinated economic and financial sanctions” against Russia in response to the attack.

Following the meeting, the UK introduced economic sanctions on more than 100 Russian individuals, entities and subsidiaries.

Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 17:40

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UK PM imposes sanctions on 100 Russians in announcement before Biden’s address

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the country is imposing economic sanctions on more than 100 Russian individuals, entities and subsidiaries – including oligarchs close to Mr Putin – ahead of Mr Biden’s announcement on US sanctions on Russia.

Mr Johnson set out the government’s plan to expand sanctions on Thursday including freezing the assets of all major Russian banks – including VTB – and banning the Russian airline Aeroflot from landing plans in the UK.

The wealthy oligarchs on the expanded sanctions list will be hit with a travel ban and have assets frozen, while all UK-based firms will be banned from doing business with them.

The prime minister told MPs it was the “largest package of measures Russia has ever seen” – and promised Russian oligarchs living in London “would have nowhere to hide”.

The announcement came just hours after Mr Johnson and Mr Biden joined other G7 leaders for a virtual meeting on the situation in Ukraine.

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Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 17:24

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US defense official says Russia’s attack on Ukraine is worst since World War II

A US defense official has said that Russia’s attack on Ukraine is the worst that the world has seen since World War II.

The senior official told CNN on Thursday morning that the world has not seen a “move like this, nation state-to-nation state, since World War II… certainly nothing on this size and scope and scale.”

“This is 100 per cent a war of choice that Putin has decided to wage for reasons that are not justified,” they said.

The official added that if the assault continues to unfold the way they believe it will it has “every potential to be very bloody, very costly and very impactful on European security writ large”.

Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 17:10

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Ukrainians in the US call for the West to do more to stop ‘terrorist’ Putin

Ukrainians in the US are calling on the West to do more to stop “terrorist number one” Mr Putin in his assault on their home country.

Sergiy Donkin, the head of a local Ukrainian-US organization in New York, told The Independent the Ukrainian military could hold out against Russian forces for a time, but would need additional military and financial backing.

“Ukraine has a strong army right now, has a good president. There’s no panic, we need to stop this crazy guy, Putin. He is terrorist number one in the world,” he said on Thursday.

“I hope that the US stops this crazy guy. America, England, every normal country needs to support us.”

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Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 17:05

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How can US troops help Ukraine?

The US currently has roughly 90,000 troops on the continent, with Mr Biden steadily increasing the concentration in Eastern Europe in recent weeks as Russia ramped up its presence at the Ukrainian border.

Over the past month, the president has deployed around 5,000 US-based troops to Europe, the majority to Germany – and more than doubled the number of troops in Poland and Romania to around 9,000 and 2,000, respectively.

This week, after Russia announced it would not withdraw forces deployed to Belarus for purported military exercises, Mr Biden said he had authorized “additional movements of US forces and equipment already stationed in Europe” to shore up defenses in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. All three Baltic states are – like Ukraine – former Soviet republics, but unlike Ukraine, are Nato members.

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Rachel Sharp24 February 2022 16:52


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