Biden says Putin cannot remain in power, calls Ukraine war strategic failure

Mar 27, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, U.S President Joe Biden said on Saturday that Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” in a fiery speech pushing the world’s democracies to unite to support Ukraine, though the White House later said Biden was not calling for regime change in Moscow.

During his address in Warsaw, U.S President Joe Biden commended Ukraine for their resistance during the Russia invasion, and said, “Russian forces have met their match.”

Biden said, “this war has already been a strategic failure for Russia.”

In his speech, he further castigated Vladimir Putin over the month-old war in Ukraine, bluntly calling the Russian leader “a butcher” who “cannot remain in power”.

“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden told a crowd in Warsaw after condemning Putin’s month-long war in Ukraine as an assault on global freedom and security.

In a speech delivered at Warsaw’s Royal Castle before hundreds of Polish elected officials, students and US embassy staff, many holding US, Polish and Ukrainian flags.

“The West is now stronger, more united than it has ever been,” Biden said.

Calling the fight against Vladimir Putin a “new battle for freedom,” Biden said Putin’s desire for “absolute power” was a strategic failure for Russia and a direct challenge to a European peace that has largely prevailed since World War Two.

Biden also described branded Putin a “butcher” during a meeting with refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine to the Polish capital.

The White House clarified that this does not indicate a policy change in the U.S policy on the regime in Russia.

“The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbours or the region,” the White House official said. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

The speech also outlined intentions of the U.S to provide Ukraine with an additional $100 million in civilian security assistance. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the assistance would be to build the capacity of the Ukrainian ministry of internal affairs.

Even as Biden wraps up his two day visit to Poland, Russian forces have capturedUkraine’s Slavutych, where workers from the Chernobyl nuclear plant live, and three people have been killed, according to the mayor.

The invading Russian forces have also fired at a nuclear research reactor in the eastern city of Kharkiv, the Ukrainian parliament claims.

Meanwhile, 5 people have been wounded in missile attacks in the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine says region’s governor.

Moreover, Mariupol city council posted on Telegram to say that while 140,000 civilians have been able to escape the besieged city, another 170,000 are still trapped there.

In the most recent development, firefighters continued to spray water on an oil storage facility in Lviv early on Sunday after it had been targeted by Russian rockets hours earlier.

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