Zelenskyy calls Russia a state sponsor of terrorism; Biden calls on the United Nations to stand with Ukraine

World | Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 1:20 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization on Wednesday, again blaming the West for the conflict in Ukraine.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the United Nations General Assembly to solidarize with Ukraine and oppose the Russian aggression, condemning the invasion of the Kremlin as an attack on the founding principles of the World Organization. "A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has invaded its neighbor, tried to erase a sovereign state of the card," said Biden. "Russia shamelessly has the basic principles of the United Nations Charter." Biden's speech comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization on Wednesday, again blaming the West for the conflict in Ukraine and saying that he "wanted to destroy our country". Putin said that "mobilization events" would start today with military reservists called in active service. He also ordered an increase in government funding for the production of Russian weapons. Partial mobilization puts Russia on a firmer war base (it has not yet declared war on Ukraine, despite appearances) and could mean that businesses and citizens must contribute more to the war effort . Elsewhere, officials supported by Russia in several parts of Ukraine have announced its intention to hold referendums on membership of Russia. Ukraine criticized the votes to come as an attempt to legitimize the invasion of Russia and criticized the prospect of "simulated" and "false" ballots. Gotopnews.com

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