On Monday, President Biden, spoke with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and expressed his condemnation of Russia’s missile strikes across Ukraine, including in Kyiv, and conveyed his condolences to the loved ones of those “killed and injured” in these senseless attacks.
Authorities report at least 11 deaths, and more than 60 were injured in a barrage of Russian missile strikes on Monday.
“The United States strongly condemns Russia’s missile strikes today across Ukraine, including in Kyiv. These attacks killed and injured civilians and destroyed targets with no military purpose. They once again demonstrate the utter brutality of Mr. Putin’s illegal war on the Ukrainian people,” said Biden on Monday.
Biden pledged to continue providing Ukraine with the support needed to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.
Biden did not specify which air defense systems were discussed with Zelensky, but the United States previously committed to providing Ukraine with National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems. NASAMS would be capable of engaging Russian cruise missiles.
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“These attacks only further reinforce our commitment to stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes. Alongside our allies and partners, we will continue to impose costs on Russia for its aggression, hold Putin and Russia accountable for its atrocities and war crimes, and provide the support necessary for Ukrainian forces to defend their country and their freedom,” said Biden.
Biden also underscored his ongoing engagement with allies and partners to continue imposing costs on Russia, holding Russia accountable for its war crimes and atrocities, and providing Ukraine with security, economic, and humanitarian assistance.
“We again call on Russia to end this unprovoked aggression immediately and remove its troops from Ukraine,” Biden concluded.
Following Biden’s comments on Monday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the United States is “de facto” involved in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Peskov said US involvement can be “seen with the naked eye” and “The United States is already de facto mired in this conflict,” according to CNN on Tuesday.
“It seems to me that Americans de facto have been participating in this war for a long time, they are not only arming Zelensky and his regime, they are providing intelligence from military and commercial satellites, which are now used in military plans,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “In the West itself, they are already beginning to understand that they are going further than they intended.”