Biden, Zelenskyy talk on phone as Russia attacks Ukraine

Biden, Zelenskyy talk on phone as Russia attacks Ukraine

President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke late Wednesday night as Russian troops launched an expected attack on Ukraine. 

In a statement, Mr. Biden said he was asked by his Ukrainian style to call on world leaders to speak out against the Russian invasion. Mr. Biden said he’ll respond by imposing “harsh sanctions” on Russia as soon as Thursday.

Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet with the Group of Seven allies to discuss Russia’s aggression. 

For his part, Mr. Zelenskyy said that the U.S. has already started uniting international sustain for his country. He urged Ukrainian citizens to stay calm.

“No panic. We are strong. We are ready for everything. We will win over everybody because we are Ukraine,” he said in a video statement posted on social media. 

It was the second time this week the two leaders spoke. They also talked on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he would recognize two breakaway separatist territories in Ukraine as independent.

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