Biden says Putin is trying to ‘eliminate’ Ukrainian culture and identity

Biden says Putin is trying to ‘eliminate’ Ukrainian culture and identity
‘Not only is he trying to take over Ukraine, he’s really trying to wipe out the culture and identity of the Ukrainian people’

President Joe バイデン on Friday accused Russia’s ウラジーミル・プーチン of trying to eliminate ウクライナ not only as an independent nation through invasion, but as a source of identity and culture for its’ people by attacking educational and cultural sites throughout the country.

Mr Biden accused the Russian leader of cultural genocide while speaking to newly-commissioned ensigns and second lieutenants at the United States Naval Academy’s commencement ceremony, after warning the academy’s Class of 2022 that they were starting their careers at an “inflection point” in both American and world history.

“The challenges we face, the choices we make, are more consequential than ever," 彼は言った, adding that the next 10 years will be “the decisive decade” of the 21st century and would “shape what our world looks like and the values that will guide it … for generations to come”.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen how interconnected the world is. The deadly pandemic impacted not just your own schooling, but almost every aspect of our lives,バイデン氏は続けた, listing such examples as supply chain disruptions, 気候変動, and “Putin‘s brutal, brutal war in Ukraine”.

“Not only is he trying to take over Ukraine, he’s really trying to wipe out the culture and identity of the Ukrainian people. Attacking schools, 保育園, 病院, 美術館, with no other purpose than to and eliminate a culture," 彼は言った. He added that the Russian war against Ukraine is also “a direct assault on the fundamental tenets of rule based international order”.

継続, Mr Biden said the Naval Academy graduates were entering a world that would “more than ever” require “strong, principled, engaged American leadership,” and that “the most powerful tool” they would have is America’s “unmatched network” of alliances and partnerships around the world.

Returning to the topic of Mr Putin’s war on Ukraine, the president said it had “spurred a truly global response” from US allies.

“We’re seeing the world align not in terms of geography, east and west, Pacific and Atlantic but in terms of values," 彼は言った.

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