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Read President Biden’s full statement following Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Immediately following Russia’s anticipated invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden issued a statement condemning Vladimir Putin’s flagrant disregard for international law.

Months ago, Russia began massing nearly 190,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, claiming the massive military presences was strictly a training exercise. However, the United States and its allies have been calling Russia’s shots each step of the way, stating in no uncertain terms than an invasion was imminent.

President Biden is scheduled to address the nation regarding the situation in Ukraine at 12:30 EST on Thursday.

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President Biden’s statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.

I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team. Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine.

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