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President Biden will argue in his address to the General Assembly on Wednesday that Russia has violated the “core principles” of the United Nations.
Biden’s speech comes less than a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered partial military mobilization in a redoubled bid to take Ukraine. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan previewed Biden’s speech and said the president will focus on Putin’s “naked aggression”.
“He will strongly rebuke Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine and call on the world to continue to resist the naked aggression we have seen in recent months,” Sullivan said on Tuesday.
“He will underline the importance of strengthening the United Nations and reaffirming the core principles of its charter at a time when a permanent member of the Security Council has touched the core of the charter by challenging the principle of territorial integrity and sovereignty” , he said. added.
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Russian citizens will be employed in Putin’s mobilization announced early Wednesday. The Russian president says that the mobilization is only partial and that conscription will therefore be limited to civilians already in the military reserves.
Putin argues that conscription is necessary to “protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the safety of our people and people in the liberated areas.”
Russia’s move comes after weeks of successful military operations from Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have recaptured about 8,000 square miles of territory in a series of counter-attacks that began in early September.
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The Ukrainian victories have pushed Putin to drastic measures. In addition to the military mobilization, his regime also announced a series of elections in the Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine. Sullivan described the election as “mock referendums” intended to give Putin a flimsy excuse to annex the regions.