Biden condemns Putin’s ‘brutality,’ pledges support for Ukraine after Russia unleashes deadly retaliation strikes: Live updates

Written by on October 10, 2022

Kyiv was struck by a number of missiles for the primary time in months Monday, and a number of other different Ukrainian cities took extreme blows in what Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to as retaliation for a weekend explosion on a serious Russian-built bridge.

At the very least 14 civilians had been killed and practically 100 had been wounded, Ukraine Emergency Service reported. Houses, companies, roads and autos had been left in ruins and far of the nation was disadvantaged of energy simply two days after a serious bridge linking occupied Crimea with the Russian mainland was broken by an obvious truck bomb. Putin blamed Ukrainian particular forces for that blast.

“If makes an attempt proceed to hold out terror assaults on our territory, Russia’s responses will likely be robust,” Putin stated at a gathering with members of Russia’s Safety Council. “Nobody should have any doubts about that.”

Putin stated his Protection Ministry used long-range air, sea and ground-based precision weapons to strike Ukrainian vitality, navy command and communications amenities. Nonetheless, civilian areas like a playground and a college had been additionally hit.

President Joe Biden, who spoke together with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday, issued an announcement pledging help for Ukraine. He condemned the strikes that “killed and injured civilians and destroyed targets with no navy function” and exhibit the “utter brutality of Mr. Putin’s unlawful struggle” on Ukraine.

Biden and Zelenskyy stated they mentioned the necessity for improved air protection, and the Ukrainian chief later referred to as that “the number 1 priority.”

Missiles hit civilian infrastructure within the heart of Kyiv throughout morning rush hour. Amongst different main cities battered by the strikes in a minimum of 14 areas had been Dnipro within the heart of the nation, Lyiv within the west, Kharkiv within the northeast and Zaporizhizia within the south. 

Ukraine’s navy stated Russia launched 84 missiles, principally from drones, and 56 of them had been shot down by Ukrainian air defenses. Vital infrastructure, principally vitality provide, was hit in eight areas, and greater than 30 fires broke out in Kyiv alone, authorities stated.

“The world as soon as once more noticed the true face of a terrorist state that’s killing our individuals,”  Zelenskyy stated in a social media put up. “On the battlefield & in peaceable cities. A rustic that covers its true bloody essence & aim with talks about peace.”

Police inspect the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 10, 2022.

Different developments:

►The Russian Protection Ministry stated the assaults had been profitable: “The aim of the strike was achieved. All designated objects had been hit.”

►Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated energy was being shut off to some areas of the capital to restore harm to important infrastructure. Energy and water provides had been broken within the assault, he stated.

►Residents of a number of European international locations, together with Germany, Poland, Italy, Austria, Romania and Georgia, protested Monday’s missile assaults outdoors Russian embassies.

►In an emergency assembly Monday, the U.N. Normal Meeting debated how to reply to Russia’s declare of annexing 4 Ukrainian provinces after sham elections. A vote is anticipated later within the week on a proposal to condemn the “referendums” and claimed annexations as unlawful.

►Regardless of being below stress from Ukrainian forces within the northeast and south, the Russians are targeted on taking on the Donetsk province of the Donbas area, making a powerful push towards the city of Bakhmut, the British Defense Ministry said.

Lindsey Graham: Putin’s missile assaults the ‘act of a really determined man’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stated Monday that Vladimir Putin’s missile assaults are the “act of a really determined man” and the Russian president is “piling on” struggle crimes in Ukraine.

“His navy is melting away earlier than our eyes,” Graham stated in an interview with USA TODAY. “So he’s determined. He’s upping the ante right here by attacking civilian targets.”

The Ukrainians are mounting a powerful response, Graham stated, however they want extra air protection functionality, longer-range artillery and extra tanks.

“And the threats of nuclear retaliation by Putin must be met or resolved. He is making an attempt to make use of nuclear weapon blackmail, and we won’t get into that as a result of that’ll grow to be the usual sooner or later,” Graham added. “And essentially the most harmful factor we may do is be intimidated by him and quit the struggle.”

President Joe Biden warned final week of the prospect of Armageddon if Putin deploys tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The remark went too far for Graham.

“I do not know why he talked in these phrases. That was a mistake,” Graham stated. “However I will say this: They have been sluggish – the Biden administration – when it comes to sanctions and weapons, however we’re in a fairly great spot proper now.”

Graham, who serves on the Appropriations Committee and is the rating member on the Finances Committee, stated he intends to work with the administration when the Senate reconvenes after the midterm election to cross a sturdy navy and financial package deal for Ukraine.

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Ukraine international minister says Putin is utilizing Crimea bridge blast as an excuse

Ukraine’s Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged the worldwide media to not recommend that Putin was provoked into Monday’s assaults by the Crimean bridge blast, saying that narrative “shifts the blame on the sufferer of the aggression.” Kuleba says Russia was hammering Ukraine cities with missiles for months earlier than Saturday’s explosion on the Kerch bridge, and any enlargement of these assaults is a mirrored image of Putin being “determined” due to battlefield defeats.”

“Putin … makes use of missile terror to attempt to change the tempo of struggle in his favor,” Kuleba stated. “He doesn’t want something to ‘provoke’ him as a way to commit heinous crimes.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated he spoke with Kuleba, reiterating help for Ukraine following the Kremlin’s “horrific” assault.

“We are going to proceed to offer unwavering financial, humanitarian, and safety help so Ukraine can defend itself and maintain its individuals,” Blinken tweeted.

Professional-Kremlin pundits cheer lethal strikes

Russian navy bloggers and political commentators rejoiced Monday on the information of missile assaults on a number of Ukraine areas that killed a minimum of 14, although among the pundits stated the strikes ought to go additional and harm vitality infrastructure in the long run.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Moscow-backed chief of Chechnya who has advocated for extra assaults on Ukraine, proclaimed himself “100 % joyful.”

Conflict correspondent Andrei Kots of Komsomolskaya Pravda, the highest Russian tabloid, pushed for “a brand new mode of motion to the whole depth of the Ukrainian state till it loses its capability to operate.”

Professional-Kremlin political analyst Sergei Markov could have alluded to the actual motive behind the strikes when he stated, “The Russian public desires large assaults.”

Europe pledges extra help to Ukraine after newest strikes

European Union international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated he was “deeply shocked” by the Russian assaults. 

“Such acts haven’t any place in 21st century,” Borrell stated. “We stand with Ukraine. Extra navy help from the EU is on its method.”

British Prime Minister Liz Truss referred to as the assaults a “clear signal of Putin’s desperation.” She stated Ukraine is succeeding and that Britain will proceed to offer navy support.

Germany plans to offer Ukraine with the primary of 4 new air protection programs inside days. German Protection Minister Christine Lambrecht stated Monday’s assault “makes it clear how vital it’s to ship air protection programs to Ukraine shortly.”

French President Emmanuel Macron instructed Zelenskyy in a telephone dialog that France would enhance its help for Ukraine “in response to the wants formulated by Kyiv, together with these associated to navy gear,” European Pravda reported.

Pink Cross pauses efforts in Ukraine

The Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross stated it quickly paused its work in Ukraine amid the newest bombings however continues to offer companies. The company stated it was dedicated to remaining in Ukraine and can proceed its actions whereas adapting to the “deteriorating safety state of affairs” on the bottom.

“Given the safety state of affairs in Ukraine right this moment, our groups momentarily paused actions, sheltered and continued to work in place,” the company stated. “Our full schedule of humanitarian help will resume instantly because the safety state of affairs permits.”

The Pink Cross has labored in Ukraine since 2014 and scaled up its response to fulfill the rising wants when the struggle started in February. The company has about 700 staffers in 10 areas throughout Ukraine to ship aid gadgets to the displaced, present medicines and provides to well being care amenities, restore water provide and different lifesaving actions.

EU international coverage chief chides alliance for delaying Ukraine navy coaching

Borrell is lamenting the EU’s sluggish tempo of motion in establishing a navy coaching mission for the Ukrainian armed forces. Overseas ministers are because of talk about the plan subsequent week, virtually eight months after the struggle began.

Borrell instructed EU ambassadors Monday that “we had been discussing in regards to the Ukrainian coaching mission earlier than the struggle. Earlier than the struggle. For months.” He says that “then the struggle comes and folks stated, ‘Oh, we should always have finished it.’ Yeah, we should always have finished it. And now we’re doing it shortly.” 

Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY; The Related Press

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