I checked the President’s calendar as I do every morning, and this was not on there.
President Biden’s address paraphrased:
What is likely to occur in Ukraine in the upcoming days:
Unity, determination and resolve. There are reports of a major uptick in violations of the cease fire. Shelling of Ukraine kindergartners. More and more disinformation being pushed out, claiming that Ukraine is planning to launch a big attack.
That defies basis logic. Phony allegations of genocide. Fabricated claims about Ukraine attacks on Russia, with no evidence.
All consistent with the playbook that Russia has used before. To set up a false justification to act against Ukraine. Just as we have been warning about for weeks.
Ukraine refuses to allow Russia to bait them into war. Ukraine is surrounded by Russia forces on all sides.
We believe they will target Kyiv. Calling out Russia’s plans, not because we want conflict, but to try to keep war from happening.
Russia can still choose diplomacy.
If Russia takes military action, they will have slammed the door shut on diplomacy; they will have chosen war and they will pay a steep price for doing so.
Russia has a choice between war and all the suffering it will bring.
Answer to a question: “As of this moment that the decision [for Russia to invade] has been made. We have reason to believe that.”
The President begins speaking at the 1 hour and 21-minute mark.
Take a minute to watch this. It's tempting to view Putin as some world-dominating mastermind. But that's not what's happening here. At all. pic.twitter.com/3fvrkPCI4m
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 17, 2022