Joe Biden will use his speech at the United Nations on Wednesday to stand firm in the face of Russian plans to unite the world hold a referendum in the occupied parts of Ukraine And perhaps introduce widespread condemnation, which the US has described as a sign of desperation that is unlikely to stop Ukrainian military gains.
Biden will seek the widest possible support at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for Ukrainian resistance by portraying it as a direct violation of the founding charter of the United Nations, and new information about US funding of measures to address global food insecurity. will announce. In part by the Russian invasion, which has threatened developing countries with famine.
Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said: “Hey [Biden] Will underline the importance of strengthening the United Nations and reaffirming the core principles of its Charter at a time when a permanent member of the Security Council has struck at the very heart of the Charter by challenging the principle of territorial integrity and sovereignty. ,
Speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA summit, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said: “None of this – the pretentious referendum, the possible mobilization of additional forces – is not a sign of strength. On the contrary, it is a sign of weakness. This is a sign of Russian failure.”
Biden’s speech on Wednesday morning will be followed by a video address given by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hours later, an address that Russia tried to block but received overwhelming support from the General Assembly.
Biden and Zelensky will try to present the Russian aggression as a direct opposition to everything the United Nations says. they will give their speech as a report Mass graves filter from the city of Izium formerly occupied by RussiaAnd after the Russian State Duma passed new amendments to the legal code that directly refer to “mobilization” and “martial law”, and introduce criminal liability for abandonment or willful surrender during that period.
four territories occupied by Russia Ukraine have said they plan to hold a “referendum” on joining the Russian Federation in a series of coordinated announcements that could indicate that the Kremlin has decided to formally annex the regions.
Sullivan said the US would never accept the claimed results of such a “false referendum”. On possible recruitment plans, he said Vladimir Putin “Maybe resorting to partial mobilization, forcing even more Russians to fight their brutal war in Ukraine”. However, he didn’t think it would turn the military tide, which has shifted in Kyiv’s favor in recent times.
“In the context of Russia being able to deploy more troops to the battlefield, obviously, this will have an effect on the battlefield equation, but we do not believe at this point that it would effectively counter the Russian aggression of Ukraine.” Will undermine the ability to retract in a manner and continue to make profits,” Sullivan said.
French President Emmanuel Macron, in an address to the General Assembly, described the Russian attempt to annex Ukraine as a “return to the era of imperialism”. Macron criticized member states that have declared themselves neutral in the conflict, saying they were committing “a historical error”.
“Those who are silent today are in a way entangled in the cause of the new imperialism,” the French president said.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in his first address to the General Assembly on Tuesday that Putin would abandon his “imperial ambitions” that risk destroying Ukraine and Russia only if he recognizes he cannot win the war. “This is why we will not accept any peace determined by Russia and that is why Ukraine should be able to withstand a Russian attack,” Scholz said.
Finland’s president, Souli Niinisto, painted the news out of Moscow as Putin, who was betting on an even more desperate gamble.
“We are now in a situation where Putin has completely gone from using the word poker, and playing that way is extremely risky. Overall, I mean, for example, the political and economic future of Russia, ”Ninisto said in his address to the assembly.
The Kremlin has so far opposed a full mobilization, possibly for fear of a political backlash. Experts have also questioned whether Russian mobilization would have any immediate effect in terms of halting the Ukrainian advance that had claimed more than 3,000 square miles in the past month.
“There is a problem,” wrote Ekaterina Shulman, a political analyst. “The administrative side of adding new territory takes time, mobilizing and integrating mobilized troops takes time, and they are assuming the opposing side is going to stop and wait – obviously, with respect to the Russian legislative process. In.”
The occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions have said they are ready to hold “elections”, which will be seen as universally rigged as of this week, with announcements also made in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya. Some Russian media have reported that Putin may give a speech on a possible merger soon.
As Ukrainian troops begin to advance into the Luhansk region, Russia may become concerned that it may not win on the battlefield and may or may not formally declare war by claiming to defend its own territory. that could threaten potential escalation, including a nuclear attack.
“What is happening today is an absolutely clear ultimatum to Ukraine and the West,” wrote Tatiana Stanovaya, an expert on Kremlin politics and the founder of R.Politik. “Either Ukraine withdraws or there will be a nuclear war.”
“To guarantee victory, Putin is ready to immediately hold a referendum to obtain the right (in his understanding) to use nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory.”