War in Ukraine, Biden’s speech from Warsaw Castle. DIRECT

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“A year ago the world expected the fall of Kiev. And instead Kiev remains strong, she remains proud. And above all, she remains free ”. Thus US President Joe Biden opened his speech from Warsaw Castle, just three days after the anniversary of the war in Ukraine: it was dawn on February 24, 2022 when Putin launched his “special military operation”. The Russian invasion, Biden said, has tested not only Kiev, but “the whole world, America, NATO, democracies”. Instead, he added, “NATO today is more united than ever”. Another speech was also held today: Putin spoke for almost two hours to the Russian Federation, announcing among other things the decision to “suspend” the application of START, the latest treaty on the reduction of nuclear weapons still in force with the US, because it cannot allow American inspectors to visit Russian nuclear sites while Washington is intent on inflicting “a strategic defeat” on Moscow. However, Biden’s speech, specified the US security adviser, Jake Sullivan, was not “designed for a head-to-head confrontation” with Putin. “It’s not a rhetorical competition with someone,” said the right-hand man of the American president, but “a statement of values, of a vision of the world that we want to build and defend” (WAR IN UKRAINE, LIVE UPDATES).

The surprise visit to Kiev

Biden was welcomed in Warsaw by the Polish president, Andrej Duda, and the premier, Tadeusz Morawiecki. Yesterday – surprisingly – he was in Kiev, where the Italian premier Meloni arrived today. There, Biden met and embraced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Washington’s number one reaffirmed the “unwavering” support of the United States and reaffirmed his commitment “for Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity”, underlining that America will remain at Kiev’s side “for as long as it takes.” Biden then spoke of possible new military supplies for Ukraine and sent a message to the Kremlin: “Putin thought that Ukraine was weak and that the West was divided. He thought he could get the better of us. But he was dead wrong and now he’s failing.”