Biden says Putin ‘can’t stay in power’
STORY: Just hours after four bombs hit the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, US President Joe Biden took to the podium at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, and told told the crowd that Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, “cannot stay in power.” “For God’s sake, this man cannot stay in power.” In his fiery speech, Biden condemned Putin’s month-long war in Ukraine and urged the world’s democracies to unite in what he called, quote, a “new battle for freedom.” “Let us resolve to put into action the strength of the democracies to frustrate the plans of the autocracies. Let us remember that the test of this moment is the test of all time.” A White House official later said that Biden’s comments did not indicate that Washington is seeking regime change in Russia, saying, I quote: “The point of the president was that Putin cannot be allowed to wield power over his neighbors or the region. He wasn’t discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.” Still, his comments came on a day of escalating rhetoric, as Biden also called Putin a “butcher” to reporters when he met with refugees in the Polish capital who had fled the war in Ukraine “… He is a butcher…” Ukrainian Yelena Makhulska was among the refugees present during Biden’s visit “I would like to tell the president that together we all we have to stop Putin. So that he doesn’t bomb our country. house.” On Saturday, Biden said the West was united against Russia’s invasion, but also added that NATO was a defensive security alliance that never sought Russia’s demise. Biden said Putin’s desire for “absolute power” was a strategic failure for Russia and a direct challenge to the European peace that has largely prevailed since World War II.