Russian forces are committing war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine as they engage in a brutal war that is causing immense suffering and needless destruction, the White House has said.
Speaking to reporters at her daily press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the United States continues to do what it can to provide support to Ukraine. at this crucial time – seamless security, economic and humanitarian aid.
“Today the President (Joe Biden) signed into law the Lend-Lease Act, which adds to our suite of tools as we provide Ukraine with the weapons and equipment it needs” , said PSAKI.
As President (Vladimir) Putin and the Russian people celebrated Victory Day today, we see Russian forces committing war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine as they engage in a brutal war that is causing so much unnecessary suffering and destruction, she said.
Victory Day, Psaki said, is meant to celebrate peace and unity in Europe and the defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
“Instead, Putin perverts history, changes history to try – or attempt to change it, I should say – to justify his unprovoked and unjustified war, which has resulted in catastrophic loss of life and immense human suffering,” she said.
A day earlier, Psaki said, First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Ukraine on a historic visit to meet with the First Lady of Ukraine.
She purposely did it on Mother’s Day to be there and acknowledge the sacrifices of so many mothers during this time in Ukraine and send an important message of solidarity, she said.
Earlier today, the United States announced a new round of actions to increase Putin’s pain.
This includes banning US services that help Russian elites and businesses build wealth and evade sanctions, additional restrictions on a wide range of inputs and products like bulldozers and industrial engines that Putin has need for its army, and sanctions against the top executives of the largest Russian and Russian banks. military officials, PSAki said.
The United States has also sanctioned the three most-watched TV channels in Russia that support Putin’s war by broadcasting his propaganda. For the first time ever, the G7 agreed as a whole to ban or phase out Russian oil, she said.
We will continue to rely on our unprecedented sanctions which are exacting a heavy toll on the Russian economy, with GDP set to plummet by double digits. Our export controls with more than 30 other countries have limited Russia’s access to critical technology it needs to maintain its military, Psaki added.
Responding to a question, Psaki said Russian forces were unable to occupy Ukraine as Putin claimed earlier.
President Putin and the Russians do not march in kyiv. They struggle to fight in other parts of the country. And Ukrainians fight with bravery and courage every day.
“So we are watching what is happening on the ground, although it is important to note and call out the revisionist history that we have seen in this speech and the fact that any statement of this type that we have seen during months from President Putin that the war started by the West is just patently wrong and inaccurate, and we can’t say that too often, she said.
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