The American President took direct aim on the world stage at a Russian President scrambling to deal with battlefield loses….
A few hours after Russia undertook an expansion of its war effort in Ukraine, President Biden addressed dozens of global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, saying the world’s “blood should run cold” over the invasion.
“This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state,” Mr. Biden said, recounting what he said was “horrifying evidence” of Russian war crimes.
“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences,” he said, the post-World War II order crumbles. “We will stand in solidarity to Russia’s aggression,” Mr. Biden said.
He accused President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia of making “irresponsible nuclear threats” over Ukraine, and declared that “a nuclear war cannot be won, and must never be fought.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine was set to address the assembly in a prerecorded speech on Wednesday afternoon. His remarks were expected to renew his call on member states to support Ukraine with weapons, cash and humanitarian aid.
While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will be a central focus for many speakers on the second day of addresses at the General Assembly, issues including the food and energy crises and climate change were also on the agenda.
Mr. Biden touched those matters, seeking to establish the United States as the world’s leader on critical issues like limiting temperature rise and relieving a global food shortage. He pledged $2.9 billion to address hunger, and blamed the invasion of Ukraine for worsening the crisis….
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