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Live: Biden vows ‘swift and severe’ costs if Russia annexes Ukraine regions

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Kremlin-held regions of eastern and southern Ukraine entered the second day of voting to become part of Russia on Saturday, in referendums dismissed as a “sham” by Joe Biden. US President Joe Biden warned on Friday Russia there will be “swift and severe” costs if Moscow uses them to annex more of Ukraine.

  • 6:28 am: US President Biden vows ‘swift and severe’ costs if Russia annexes Ukraine regions in ‘sham’ referendums

US President Joe Biden on Friday warned Russia there will be “swift and severe” costs if Moscow uses “sham” referendums to annex more of Ukraine. “Russia’s referenda are a sham — a false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force in flagrant violation of international law,” Biden said in a statement. “We will work with our allies and partners to impose additional swift and severe economic costs on Russia.”

“The United States will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine,” he said.

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP & Reuters)


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