Putin ‘already lost Ukraine,’ Biden states

US President Joe Biden

Vladimir Putin has “already lost Ukraine,” according to Joe Biden. Speaking after his State of The Union Address, the president added that Ukraine will continue to receive help while under Russian attacks.

“There’s no way that Putin is going to be able to — he’s already lost Ukraine,” the president said. “He thought that if he invaded Ukraine, first of all, he’d get a welcome by every Russian speaker, they’d say, ‘Come on in.’ Secondly, he thought what would happen is that NATO would collapse, NATO would not do anything, they’d be afraid to act.”

“Go down the line, none of that’s happening,” Biden said.

Despite Putin’s belief that it wouldn’t, the president said that NATO is coordinating its support for Ukraine.

In the State of the Union address, he emphasized his support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion and named Oksana Markarova, the country’s ambassador to the United States, as being present in the audience.

Additionally, Biden responded to accusations from a small number of Republican members who claimed that Ukraine is receiving excessive amounts of U.S. aid. When Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was referenced by PBS’s Judy Woodruff and said that money spent in Ukraine should go to Americans, Biden loudly chuckled, The Hill reports.

Biden responded in the affirmative when asked if aid to Ukraine is unrestricted.

On February 24, it will be the first anniversary of the comprehensive Russian invasion. Since then, the amount of military aid provided by the United States to Ukraine has reportedly surpassed $28 billion.

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