Biden Takes Aim at Putin in the State of the Union Address; Shells Rain Down on Kharkiv as Russia Escalates Its Attacks: Recap

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Tuesday, Russian military forces intensified their attacks on civilian areas of Ukraine’s largest cities, despite the fact that their massive convoy of tanks and vehicles appeared to stall.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Tuesday’s attack on the country’s second-largest city’s main square as “frank, undisguised terror.” Nobody is going to forgive. Nobody is going to forget. Kharkiv’s attack is a war crime.”

At least 11 people have been killed and 35 injured in the rocket attack, according to Interior Ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko, who added that the death toll is expected to rise. Closed-circuit television footage captured a fireball engulfing a street in front of one building, and several cars rolled out of the billowing smoke.

 

Five people were also killed in Russian airstrikes on Kyiv’s TV tower.

The Russian military advance has drew to within 15 miles of Kyiv’s centre, a senior US Defense Department official said Tuesday, amid signs that troops are running out of gas and food. According to the official, Russia has committed approximately 80% of the combat force deployed by President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.

Ukrainian resistance is continuing, and it has aided in stymieing the advance, according to the official who briefed reporters on the intelligence findings on the condition of anonymity. Additionally, the Russians could be pausing their attack to regroup and reassess their strategy, the official said.

Zelenskyy stated that he spoke with President Joe Biden on Tuesday about Russian sanctions and Ukraine’s defence assistance. They spoke for more than 30 minutes, according to the White House.

 

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“We must put an end to the aggressor immediately,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “We appreciate your support!”

Biden delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, condemning Russia’s “unprovoked” invasion of Ukraine and confirming the US’s airspace closure to Russian planes.

Biden stated that the US and its western allies are enforcing “strong economic sanctions” against Russia, including isolating the country’s largest banks from international financial systems, preventing Russia’s central bank from shoring up the Russian ruble, and “eliminating Putin’s $260 billion war fund.”

“Putin is now more cut off from the rest of the world than he has ever been,” he said.

 

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Hospital staff relocated a maternity ward in Kharkiv to a bomb shelter. Pregnant women paced the crowded space, amidst mattresses piled against the walls, to the cries of dozens of newborns.

Zelenskyy believes that Russia’s shelling of civilian areas is an attempt to coerce Ukraine into making concessions. No peace agreement can be reached “while one side is launching rocket artillery at the other,” he said.

During Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s address to the United Nations Human Rights Council and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, dozens of diplomats from the United States, the United Kingdom, and other European countries walked out in protest.

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