After President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the country, US Republican and Democratic lawmakers and leaders around the world blamed Russia’s Ukraine for a “provocative and unjust attack” on Wednesday.
Late Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a statement stating that Putin “chosen a planned war that would result in catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”
“World prayers are with the Ukrainian people tonight, and they are suffering from provocative and unjustified attacks by Russian troops,” Biden said. “Russia is solely responsible for the death and destruction of this attack, and the United States and its allies and partners will unite and respond in a decisive way. The world will be responsible for Russia.”
Explosions have been reported not only in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, but also in other cities such as Kharkiv, Mariupol and Odessa. Immediately after Putin announced his military operations, it aims to protect civilians and “demilitarize Ukraine.”
The Russian president said Russia had no plans to occupy Ukraine and that Ukrainian troops “should put down their weapons immediately.”
Senator Mitt Romney (Republican) commented on the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday, saying on Twitter that “the first time in 80 years a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign state”, “not justified. Provocative. No honor. “
He blamed Russia’s “slimy” reaction to Russia’s previous “fear” in Georgia and Crimea, “a naive effort in a one-sided reset” during the Obama administration, and Trump’s “America First.”
“History shows that the despotism’s desire to conquer is never fulfilled,” he added. Expansion and modernization of national defense. “
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Share a series of posts about Ukraine on Twitter on Wednesday night, stating that a “full-scale and comprehensive military attack” is underway nationwide.
“Amphibious and amphibious landings, air force, ground and navy missile attacks, electronic and cyber attacks, and large ground forces to occupy vast territories,” Rubio said in another post. They are “brave and tough fighters, and the world will soon find out that they are already damaging the Russian invaders.”
“One of the great concerns about development is that Russia has carried out some targeted operations near the Polish border. This is a risk of miscalculation and human error, and soon. It can lead to catastrophic escalation, “Rubio said in another post.
“The United States stands with Ukraine,” Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Said on Twitter.
“We are praying for the Ukrainian people who oppose Putin’s attempt to rebuild the former Soviet Union,” she added. “Biden must confront Putin and immediately impose strict sanctions on Russia, starting with the withdrawal from the SWIFT banking system.”
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said, “Attack on Ukraine is an attack on democracy.”
She said she “applauded” Biden’s “strong leadership to impose the first tranche of swift and harsh sanctions to counter Russia’s aggression,” and “the United States and its allies cooperated in the unwavering support of the Ukrainian people. I’m doing it. “
Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) also shared a prayer with Ukraine, “it is imperative to continue to provide Ukraine with defense weapons and superior intelligence,” and the world “needs to condemn Putin’s destruction.” There is. ” Neighboring democracy as a war crime. “
“Putin and his associates should be tracked by international law enforcement agencies for the purpose of seizing luxury apartments, works of art, yachts and other supplies purchased by blinding the Russian people. It’s time to make it personal to Putin, “Graham said.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Senator Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) And many others. Also, Durbin said, “Invasion of Ukrainian sovereign land.“
Outside the United States, government leaders from several countries have also blamed Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “brutal” and “provocative,” and announced new sanctions against 25 individuals and four financial institutions. Unacceptable attack. “
France’s President Emmanuel Macron said his country “strongly condemned Russia’s decision to wage war with Ukraine” and that Russia must “immediately” end its military operations in Ukraine.
Elsewhere, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will be responsible for the decision on Thursday for the EU to block access to Russia’s key technologies and other markets and Putin to invade Ukraine. Announced that.
“We will target the strategic sector of the Russian economy by blocking access to technologies and markets that are important to Russia,” Von del Reyen said in a statement. “We will undermine Russia’s economic base and modernization capabilities. In addition, it will freeze Russia’s assets in the European Union and suspend access to the European financial markets of Russian banks.”