What happened on the 6th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
President Biden strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine during his annual meeting Address of the State of the Union on Tuesday. Here are some excerpts from his prepared remarks as released by the White House.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: Six days ago, Russian Vladimir Putin attempted to shake the foundations of the free world because he thought he could make them bow to his menacing ways. But he miscalculated enormously.
He thought he could roll to Ukraine and the world would turn. Instead, he encountered a wall of strength he could never have imagined.
He met the Ukrainian people.
From President Zelenskyy to every Ukrainian, their fearlessness, courage, determination inspire the world.
Groups of citizens block tanks with their bodies. Everyone from students to retired teachers became soldiers defending their homeland.
In this struggle, as President Zelenskyy said in his speech to the European Parliament, “light will conquer darkness”. The Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States is here tonight.
Tonight, in this Chamber, let us all send an unequivocal signal to Ukraine and to the world.
Please stand up, if you are able, and show that we, the United States, stand behind the Ukrainian people.
Throughout our history we have learned this lesson, when dictators don’t pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos.
You keep moving.
And the costs and threats to America and the world continue to mount.
For this reason, the NATO alliance was formed to ensure peace and stability in Europe after World War II.
The United States is a member along with 29 other nations.
It is important. American diplomacy matters. American solution matters.
Putin’s recent attack on Ukraine was premeditated and unprovoked.
He rejected repeated attempts at diplomacy.
He thought the West and NATO would not react. And he thought he could separate us at home. Putin was wrong. We are ready. Here’s what we did.
We have prepared extensively and carefully.
We’ve spent months building a coalition of other freedom-loving nations from Europe and America to Asia and Africa to oppose Putin.
I have spent countless hours uniting our European allies. We shared with the world in advance what Putin was planning and exactly how he would attempt to falsely justify his aggression.
We have countered the lies of Russia with the truth.
And now that he has acted, the free world holds him accountable.
Along with 27 European Union members including France, Germany, Italy, as well as countries like UK, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and many others, even Switzerland.
We inflict pain on Russia and support the people of Ukraine. Now more than ever, Putin is isolated from the world.
Together with our allies, we are enforcing strong economic sanctions right now.
We cut off Russia’s largest banks from the international financial system. Preventing the Central Bank of Russia from defending the Russian ruble, rendering Putin’s $630 billion “war fund” worthless.
We are choking off Russia’s access to technologies that will sap its economy and weaken its military for years to come.
Tonight, I say to the Russian oligarchs and corrupt leaders who have extorted billions of dollars from this violent regime, “No more.”
The US Department of Justice is creating a special task force to investigate the crimes of Russian oligarchs.
We join our European allies in finding and seizing their yachts, their luxury apartments and their private jets. We come for your ill-gotten gains.
And tonight I announce that we will join our allies in closing American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and putting additional strain on its economy. He has no idea what’s coming.
The ruble has lost 30 percent of its value.
The Russian stock market has lost 40 percent of its value, trading remains suspended. The Russian economy is reeling, and Putin alone is to blame.
Together with our allies we support the Ukrainians in their struggle for freedom. military support. economic aid. Humanitarian Assistance.
We are giving more than $1 billion in direct aid to Ukraine and will continue to help the Ukrainian people defend their country and alleviate their suffering.
But let me be clear: our armed forces are not and will not be involved in conflicts with Russian forces in Ukraine.
Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies in case Putin decides to move further west.
To this end, we have mobilized American ground forces, air squadrons and naval deployments to protect NATO nations such as Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
As I have made absolutely clear, the United States and our allies will defend every inch of NATO country territory with the full force of our collective might. Every single centimetre.
And we stay sane. The Ukrainians defend themselves with sheer courage. But the next few days, weeks and months will be tough for them.
Putin has unleashed violence and chaos. But while he can make gains on the battlefield, he will pay a sustained heavy price in the long run.
And a proud Ukrainian people, independent for 30 years, has repeatedly shown that they will not tolerate anyone who tries to push back their country.
To all Americans, I will be honest with you as I always promised. A Russian dictator invading a foreign country has its costs worldwide.
And I’m taking strong action to ensure that the pain of our sanctions is directed at the Russian economy. And I will use every tool at our disposal to protect American businesses and consumers.
Tonight I can announce that the United States has worked with 30 other countries to release 60 million barrels of oil from global reserves.
America will lead this effort and release 30 million barrels from our own strategic oil reserve. And we stand ready to do more, if necessary, united with our allies.
These steps will help bring gas prices down here at home. And I know the news of what’s happening can seem alarming.
But I want you to know that we’re going to be fine.
By the time history of this era is written, Putin’s war against Ukraine will have made Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger.
While it didn’t have to take something this terrible for people around the world to realize what’s at stake, everyone sees it clearly now.
We see unity among the leaders of nations, a more united Europe, a more united West. And we see unity among people gathering in large crowds in cities around the world, even in Russia, to demonstrate their support for the people of Ukraine.
To this day, in the struggle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security.
This is a real exam. It will take time. So let us continue to be inspired by the iron will of the Ukrainian people.
To our fellow Ukrainians who are forging a deep bond that unites our two nations, we stand with you.
Putin may encircle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never win the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people.
He will never erase her love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world.