U.S. President Joe Biden says he’s ‘convinced’ Russian President Vladimir Putin has made decision to invade Ukraine


Biden says he's 'convinced' Putin has made decision to invade Ukraine

President Joe Biden provides an replace on Russia’s buildup of navy troops on the border of Ukraine and the continued efforts to pursue deterrence and diplomacy
from the Roosevelt Room of the White Home in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Picture by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License Picture

Feb. 18 (UPI) — President Joe Biden stated Friday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the choice to invade Ukraine, citing info from intelligence studies.

Biden made the assertion throughout temporary remarks from the White Home on stress between Russia and Ukraine.

“As of this second I am satisfied he is made the choice. We now have cause to imagine that,” he instructed reporters.

Requested what he is basing that evaluation on, Biden stated intelligence studies recommend impending violence.

Biden stated, although, that diplomacy is not off the desk in an try to go off conflict between the 2 nations.

He decried what he described as “disinformation being pushed out” by Russia, in addition to studies of cease-fire violations within the Donbas area of Ukraine by Russia looking for to impress conflict.

“For instance, a shelling of a Ukrainian kindergarten yesterday which Russia has falsely asserted was carried out by Ukraine,” Biden stated. “We additionally proceed to see increasingly more disinformation being pushed out to the Russian public, together with Russian-backed separatists, claiming that Ukraine is planning to launch a large offensive assault within the Donbas.

“Look, there isn’t a proof [of] these assertions, and it defies primary logic to imagine the Ukrainians would select this second with nicely over 150,000 troops arrayed on its borders, to escalate a yearlong battle.”

Biden stated he believes Russia is utilizing disinformation as a pretext to impress violence.

“All of those are in keeping with the playbook the Russians have used earlier than,” he stated. “That is additionally according to the pretext situation that the USA and our allies and companions have been warning about for weeks.”

Biden’s replace comes as pro-Russian separatists dwelling in Ukraine stated Friday they’ve began evacuating civilians as combating intensifies.

Denis Pushilin, head of the so-called Donetsk Folks’s Republic, introduced the evacuation. He stated — with out proof — that Ukrainian leaders had been planning a navy assault on the area, house to a large contingent of pro-Russia separatists.

Ukraine’s overseas minister, Dmytro Kuleba, denied the allegation. U.S. nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan and NATO leaders have stated intelligence signifies Russia has been working to plan a “false flag” operation as a pretext for invasion.

Biden will maintain talks with different Western leaders Friday concerning the disaster, and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to a safety convention in Germany in considered one of her most difficult visits overseas.

On the Munich Safety Convention, Ukraine was the principle subject of dialogue.

“Proper now, we’re clearly coping with the priority about what is going on in Ukraine,” Harris stated after a bilateral assembly with NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg.

“As a member of NATO, we really feel very strongly and can all the time be dedicated to the precept of territorial integrity and sovereignty.

“We stay, in fact, open to and desirous of diplomacy because it pertains to the dialogue and the discussions we have now had with Russia. However we’re additionally dedicated, if Russia takes aggressive motion, to making sure there shall be extreme consequence when it comes to the financial sanctions we have now mentioned. And we all know the alliance is powerful in that regard.”

Stoltenberg stated he is been impressed with the U.S. troops which have been despatched to Europe as a part of NATO’s assist mission for Ukraine. Biden has despatched just a few thousand to Poland, Romania and different nations.

“To have … extra U.S. troops in Europe now, on this vital time for our safety, actually demonstrates the North American and the U.S. dedication to our shared safety,” he stated in a joint information convention with Harris.

“North America and Europe are doing extra collectively now than have achieved for a few years,” he added.

“That is vital to cope with the aggressive actions of Russia, but additionally to deal with a extra aggressive world, the safety penalties of the rise of China. We now have to face collectively in North America and Europe.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who took the USA’ aspect of the controversy to the United Nations on Thursday, was additionally on the convention.

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