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President Biden has condemned Russia’s latest missile attacks on Ukraine, labeling it as a “stark reminder” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s objective to take Ukraine.
In a recent statement, Biden addressed the aftermath of the largest aerial assault since February 2022, which resulted in 31 civilian deaths and over 120 injuries across Ukraine. President Biden said, “It is a stark reminder to the world that, after nearly two years of this devastating war, Putin’s objective remains unchanged. He seeks to obliterate Ukraine and subjugate its people. He must be stopped.”
Highlighting Ukraine’s defense efforts using air systems provided by the US and its allies, Biden called on Congress to expedite approval for continued aid. He stressed the situation’s urgency, noting, “Unless Congress takes urgent action in the new year, we will not be able to continue sending the weapons and vital air defense systems Ukraine needs to protect its people. Congress must step up and act without any further delay.”
President Biden also emphasized the global implications of the conflict, asserting that the stability of the NATO alliance, European security, and US interests are at stake. He said, “We cannot let our allies and partners down. We cannot let Ukraine down. History will judge harshly those who fail to answer freedom’s call.”
This comes as an ongoing political standoff in the US continues, with Republicans demanding tightened US-Mexico border security in exchange for approving Biden’s requested $61 billion in aid, threatening to deplete US support for Ukraine by year’s end. Despite Congress’s prior approval of over $110 billion since Russia’s invasion, new funds have yet to be allowed.