Biden speaks to Ukrainian president as crisis on border with Russia intensifies

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U.S. President Joe Biden talks connected the telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from the Oval Office astatine the White House connected December 09, 2021 successful Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy connected Thursday day arsenic the information concern connected Ukraine's borderline with Russia continues to deteriorate.

The telephone betwixt the 2 leaders, the 2nd this month, comes arsenic Biden and NATO allies hole for a imaginable Russian penetration of its ex-Soviet neighbor.

"President Biden reaffirmed the readiness of the United States on with its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. He besides underscored the committedness of the United States to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said successful a readout of the call.

Biden besides told Zelenskyy that the U.S. Embassy successful Kyiv remains unfastened and afloat operational aft the State Department issued an bid for eligible family members of unit astatine its embassy successful Kyiv to leave.

The State Department besides recommended connected Sunday that each U.S. citizens successful Ukraine depart the state immediately, citing Russia's continued subject buildup connected the border.

Earlier connected Thursday, the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would reappraisal U.S. information proposals that were hand-delivered by Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan.

Russian officials person meantime repeatedly called connected the U.S. to forestall an eastward enlargement of the NATO subject alliance.

Russia has besides demanded that the U.S. "shall not found subject bases" successful the territories of immoderate erstwhile Soviet states that are not already members of NATO, oregon "use their infrastructure for immoderate subject activities oregon make bilateral subject practice with them."

The U.S. and NATO person antecedently said that specified a petition from the Kremlin cannot beryllium accommodated.

And so, for months, the West has watched Putin nonstop much than 100,000 forces with precocious instrumentality to areas on Ukraine's border.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said Thursday that Russia continues to summation its subject beingness on the Ukraine border. 

"We proceed to see, including successful the past 24 hours, much accumulation of credible combat forces arrayed by the Russians," Kirby told reporters during a quality conference. "We proceed to spot him adhd to that capability," helium added.

The Kremlin has denied that the unit deployment is simply a prelude to an onslaught and has alternatively characterized the question arsenic a subject exercise.

Since 2002, Ukraine has sought introduction into NATO. The group's Article 5 clause states that an onslaught connected 1 subordinate state is considered an onslaught connected each of them.

Biden told reporters Tuesday that a full-scale Russian penetration of Ukraine would radically change European security. "If helium were to determination successful with each those forces, it'd beryllium the largest penetration since World War II. It would alteration the world," Biden said.