Foreign

July 13, 2023

Putin has lost Ukraine war – Biden

Putin has lost Ukraine war - Biden

By Biodun Busari

The President of the United States Joe Biden says his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin has already lost the war he started against Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Putin ordered the Russian troops to invade Ukraine about 500 days ago, but the US president claimed they are short of weapons to continue the war.

Biden said this on Thursday when visited the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)’s newest member, Finland, DW said.

Speaking alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, in the country’s capital, Helsinki, he said that Putin has “already lost the war” in Ukraine, with Moscow running short of resources and in economic hardship. 

“Putin’s already lost the war. There is no possibility of him winning the war in Ukraine,” Biden told a news conference in Helsinki. 

He added that Ukraine “will join NATO” and Putin will eventually decide it is not in the interest of Russia to continue the war. “No one can join NATO while a war is going on,” Biden said.

The US president has vowed to protect every part of NATO territory including Finland. 

“The United States is committed to Finland, committed to NATO, and those commitments are rock solid,” he said.

According to DW, Biden also mentioned his commitment to pursue a prisoner exchange for a Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich who has been detained in Russia for more than 100 days. “That process is underway,” he said.

Biden travelled to Finland straight from a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

In Helsinki, he also held a mini-summit with the heads of government of the other Nordic countries — Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.