Biden denies underestimating Putin and sanctions ‘pariah’ Russia over Ukraine – live

Biden says that ‘Putin chose this war and he will pay’ as US ready to use ‘full force’

President Joe Biden has given his first address to the US since Russia invaded Ukraine, where he announced a series of “major” sanctions that he said will have a “long-term” impact on Moscow.

Mr Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin an “aggressor” who “chose this war” as he said the US was restricting large Russian banks and targeting families who are close to the Kremlin.

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning with a series of missile attacks on cities including the capital Kiev.

Since then, dozens of Ukrainians have been killed, civilians are fleeing their homes, global markets have plunged and Russian forces have seized the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.

The US’s response came in unity with several other nations including the UK after the G7 leaders met on Thursday morning and vowed to roll out “severe sanctions” on Russia.

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VOICES: Biden doesn’t have a lot of good options

President Biden doesn’t have a lot of good options for handling Vladimir Putin, The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe writes in a new column.

“Long ago, he ruled out sending US troops to help defend Ukraine. There is little appetite for such an intervention among the American public, and Biden was elected having promised to withdraw the country from foreign wars, not start new ones.

“As he told…

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