The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, said on Saturday that he was not sure that Russia’s announcement to focus its offensive in the Donbass region would mean a change in Moscow’s strategy in Ukraine.
“I’m not sure if they [russos] did it”said Joe Biden, in Warsaw, capital of Poland.
On Friday, the Russian military command said it wanted to focus “most efforts on the main objective, the liberation of Donbass”, in contrast to the Kremlin’s declared intention to “demilitarize and denazify” all of Ukraine.
Russian-backed separatists have controlled part of the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine since 2014, and Russian forces are fighting to increase their grip on this region, including the besieged city of Mariupol.
In a meeting with Ukrainian refugees, after being asked what he thinks of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the face of what he inflicts on these people, Joe Biden classified him as a “butcher”.
This is not the first time Biden has spoken harshly about Putin, who is believed to be primarily responsible for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has claimed thousands of lives.
In recent days, the US President has twice designated Putin a “war criminal”.
Visibly moved by the encounter with refugees, including two people who said they were from Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine heavily destroyed by the Moscow bombings, Joe Biden hugged two young refugees, reports Agence France-Presse.
In a summary of his impressions of this meeting, after visiting a refugee reception center installed in a stadium, the US head of state called the children he had just seen magnificent and said that they asked him to pray “by father, grandfather and brother”.
“I know what it’s like to have someone close to a war zone”Biden added, referring to his son Beau, who fought in Iraq and died in 2015 of cancer.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that killed at least 1,081 civilians, including 93 children, and injured 1,707, including 120 minors, and caused the flight of 10 million people. , of which 3.7 million went to neighboring countries, according to the latest United Nations data, which warn that the real number of civilian casualties is much higher.
According to the United Nations, around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.