U.S. and world leaders rushed to sentence a Russian invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday night time, warning of heavy sanctions to return for the assault introduced in a televised addressed by Vladimir Putin.
Here is what a few of these leaders stated.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Fee
“It’s President Putin who was bringing battle again to Europe. And in these darkish hours, the European Union and its folks stand by Ukraine and its folks. We face an unprecedented act of aggression by the Russian management in opposition to a sovereign, impartial nation. Russia’s goal is just not solely Donbas, the goal is just not solely Ukraine the goal is the steadiness in Europe and the entire of the Worldwide Peace order. And we are going to maintain President Putin accountable for that.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
“The Russian assault on Ukraine is a blatant violation of worldwide legislation. There is no such thing as a justification for it. Germany condemns this reckless act by President Putin within the strongest attainable phrases. Our solidarity is with Ukraine and its folks.
Russia should cease this army motion instantly. Inside the framework of the G7, Nato and the EU, we are going to coordinate intently as we speak. This can be a horrible day for Ukraine and a darkish day for Europe.”
U.Ok. Prime Minster Boris Johnson
“I’m appalled by the horrific occasions in Ukraine and I’ve spoken to President Zelenskyy to debate subsequent steps. President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked assault on Ukraine. The UK and our allies will reply decisively.”
Finland President Sauli Niinistö
“I strongly condemn the army measures Russia has began in Ukraine. Russia’s acts goal Ukraine, however on the identical time they’re an assault on your entire European safety order. We really feel deep compassion in direction of Ukraine and are looking for methods to extend our assist to Ukraine.”
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Chairman of the Home Intelligence Committee
“A large Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun. … There will be no certainty about what’s going to come subsequent, however it doesn’t matter what the following days and weeks convey, the US will stand with the folks of Ukraine – now and at all times. This begins by shifting swiftly past the numerous sanctions already introduced by the Biden administration to completely slicing off Russia’s main monetary establishments from the worldwide financial system and ending Europe’s dependence on Russian oil for good.”
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
“Whereas there may be nonetheless a chance for Russia to reverse course, we will not maintain out hope that this standoff will be resolved peacefully. Due to this fact, we should all, on either side of the aisle and either side of the Atlantic, work collectively to show to Putin that his aggression is not going to be allowed to go unpunished.
“What is occurring in Ukraine is a tragedy not just for Ukraine, however for the Russian folks as nicely. They’ll pay a steep price for Putin’s reckless ambition, in blood and financial hurt.”
NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg
“I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless assault on Ukraine, which places in danger numerous civilian lives. This can be a grave breach of worldwide legislation & a severe menace to Euro-Atlantic safety. NATO Allies will meet to handle Russia’s renewed aggression.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
“As President Biden stated tonight, Russia alone is answerable for the dying and destruction this assault will convey. And the US and our allies and companions will reply in a united and decisive method. The world will maintain Russia accountable.”
Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba
“Putin has simply launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceable Ukrainian cities are underneath strikes. This can be a battle of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and can win. The world can and should cease Putin. The time to behave is now.”
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine ambassador to the United Nations
“I requested the members or Safety Council to convene an emergency assembly instantly and think about all needed choices to cease the battle. As a result of it is too late, my expensive colleagues, to discuss de-escalation. Too late.”
Barbara Woodward, Britain’s ambassador to the U.N.
“This can be a grave day for Ukraine and for the ideas of the United Nations. We and our companions have been clear that there will likely be penalties for Russia’s actions.”
Jens Stoltenberg, secretary normal of NATO
“I strongly condemn #Russia’s reckless assault on #Ukraine, which places in danger numerous civilian lives. This can be a grave breach of worldwide legislation & a severe menace to Euro-Atlantic safety. #NATO Allies will meet to handle Russia’s renewed aggression.”
Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC
“Might God Bless Ukraine and the Ukrainian folks. Many will face unspeakable hazard due to a corrupt and paranoid dictator who harbors grand ambitions of forming a brand new Soviet empire. America should stand in solidarity with Ukraine by offering monetary assist and army tools. The Biden administration must rapidly and considerably ramp up sanctions on Russia, and they should damage. Putin’s regime should be held accountable for beginning this unprovoked battle in opposition to a free and sovereign democracy and spilling the blood of harmless folks.”
UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Gueterres
“President Putin, within the title of humanity, convey your troops again to Russia. Within the title of humanity, don’t enable to begin in Europe what may very well be the worst battle because the starting of the century.”
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Sick.
“Let me be clear: Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign land is a dire menace to the established worldwide order and should be resolutely deterred. Ukraine and our NATO allies going through ongoing Russian belligerence have robust bipartisan, bicameral assist within the U.S. Congress. As somebody who has robust ties to the area, my prayers are with the Ukrainian folks and all of Japanese Europe.”
Ukraine Deputy Inside Minister Anton Gerashchenko
“The invasion has begun. There have simply been missiles on the army headquarters, airports, army warehouses, close to Kiev, Kharkov, Dnieper. Gunfire on the border is underway. A brand new geopolitical actuality on the planet from as we speak.”