In UN Speech, President Biden Condemns Putin's Actions
This comes following Putin’s partial mobilization order
In an address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said that Russia's war in Ukraine is about extinguishing the country's right to exist, and he accused Russia of "extremely significant" violations of the U.N. charter.
The speech came after U.S. and European officials decried as a dangerous escalation Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he would call up as many as 300,000 reservists. In a national address Wednesday, Putin made a threatening reference to Russia's nuclear arsenal: "With a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, to protect Russia and our people, we, of course, will use all the means at our disposal. This is not a bluff."
Ukraine has mounted a successful counteroffensive in the northeast, and Kremlin-backed officials are pressing ahead with staged referendums that could result in Moscow illegally annexing occupied parts of Ukraine — which would mark a major escalation in the conflict. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, after members voted to exempt him from a rule requiring in-person speeches at this year's session.
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