Moscow believes the world will tire of the war in Ukraine and allow Russian forces to “brutalize Ukraine without consequence,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly aimed at rallying support for Kiev.
“If we let Ukraine divide, is the independence of a nation assured?” » asked Biden. “I respectfully suggest the answer is no.”
Biden said U.S. and Ukrainian allies around the world must support “the courageous people of Ukraine as they continue to defend their sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom.”
Biden spoke hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the General Assembly. Earlier, Zelenskyy said he did not think Russia should remain a member of the world body given its bold and bloody invasion of his country.
Zelensky arrived in the United States on Monday and spent time visiting wounded Ukrainian soldiers at a New York hospital. He plans discussions with President Joe Biden and some members of Congress as he pushes for Biden’s proposals on the Ukraine aid plan.
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∎ A Russian guided aerial bomb hit the town of Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, killing three civilians, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said on Telegram.
∎ Denmark will send 45 tanks purchased in cooperation with other countries to Ukraine, Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said on Tuesday.
Ukraine denies New York Times claim that deadly strike on city was friendly fire
Ukrainian officials on Tuesday vehemently denied a New York Times report that the September 6 missile strike on Kostiantynivka in eastern Ukraine, which killed at least 15 civilians, was apparently an errant Ukrainian missile. Ukraine’s security services said their investigation determined that a Russian S-300 missile was to blame. The agency cited rocket fragments seized at the scene.
Zelensky blamed Russian “terrorists” for the attack, sparking international outrage. But the New York Times says security camera footage indicates the “tragic accident” was the result of a missile fired from territory controlled by Ukraine. Missile fragments, satellite images and witness accounts “strongly suggest” that the missile was a Ukrainian air defense rocket fired by an old-style Russian-made Buk launch system, the Times said.
Ukraine will “soon” receive American Abrams tanks
The 31 high-tech M1 Abrams tanks that the United States has committed to Ukraine will soon begin arriving in the troubled country, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin said Tuesday. Austin, speaking before the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Germany, which brought together representatives from more than 50 countries, said the United States and other Ukraine allies have committed more than $76 billion in defense aid to Ukraine. kyiv’s counteroffensive aimed at reconquering territories conquered by Russia “continues to make steady progress,” Austin said.
“The longer Russia prolongs its war, the more blatant its cruelty becomes,” Austin said. “Russia’s attacks have extended far beyond the battlefield and have inflicted untold human suffering.”
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