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Biden says Putin ‘can’t stay in power’ in his speech in Poland.

Biden also addressed the Russian people directly in his speech before finally turning back to Putin.

“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia because free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness,” Biden said. “We will have a different future, a better future rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, decency and dignity, freedom and opportunity. For God’s sake, this man cannot stay in power.”

A White House official clarified that Biden did not call for “regime change” in his speech.

“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” the official said. “He didn’t talk about Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.”

The President is on the final leg of a four-day trip to Brussels and Warsaw, with the war across NATO allies’ borders high on his agenda.

“We stand by you,” Biden said in a speech at the Royal Castle in the Polish capital in front of around 1,000 participants, including Polish President Andrzej Duda and US embassy staff. “Period.”

“Each generation has had to defeat the moral enemies of democracy. That’s the way of the world. Because the world is imperfect, as we know. Where the appetites and ambitions of a few seek to dominate the lives and liberties of many,” Biden said.

“Today’s fights in Kyiv, Metropol and Kharkiv are the last fights in a long struggle. … In the last 30 years the forces of autocracy have recovered all over the world. Its hallmarks are familiar, disregard for the rule of law, disregard for democratic freedom, disregard for truth itself.”

Biden also said there was “simply no justification or provocation for Russia’s choice of war. … It’s nothing short of a direct challenge to the rules-based international order that has been in place since the end of World War II. And there is a risk of a return to decades of war that ravaged Europe before the international rules-based order was established. We cannot go back to that.”

Speaking directly to the Russian people, Biden said, “You are not. This is not the future you deserve for your families and your children. I am telling you the truth. This war is not worthy of you, the Russian people. Putin can and must end this war. The American people will stand by you.”

Earlier, after a bilateral meeting with Duda at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Biden said Article 5 was a “sacred obligation” for the United States, referring to the article treating an attack on one NATO nation as an attack on all NATO nations. “Your freedom is our freedom,” Biden added.

Biden said Putin “is counting on a divided NATO” – which Biden has repeatedly said has not happened – and that the US and Poland must remain in “constant contact”.

“America’s ability to play its role in other parts of the world rests on a united Europe and a secure Europe,” Biden said. “Stability in Europe is critical to the United States in terms of our interest not just in Europe but around the world.”

Biden also alluded to the “great sense of threat” felt by the Polish people from extensive Russian shelling just 10 miles from their border. About 2 million Ukrainian refugees have fled across the western border to Poland.

On Saturday afternoon, Biden met with refugees, Polish officials and humanitarian service providers at the PGE Narodowy Stadium in Warsaw. The president, who wore a mask, spoke with World Central Kitchen chef Jose Andres while touring dining tents in the stadium courtyard, according to Pool reports. After speaking to refugees, including some from the devastated southeastern city of Mariupol, he called Putin “a butcher.”

At Biden’s meeting with Duda, the two leaders discussed “our robust bilateral defense cooperation, US support for Europe’s efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian energy and meet our climate goals,” according to a White House ad.

Earlier Saturday, Biden met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Warsaw Marriott with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleskii Reznikov, where they discussed military, diplomatic and humanitarian goals. They also discussed “ongoing measures to hold President Putin accountable for Russia’s brutal aggression, in coordination with our allies and partners, including through the new sanctions the president announced in Brussels on March 24,” according to a statement by the president White House.

Biden’s Warsaw tour came as Russia appeared to be shifting its aggressive focus from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to renewed efforts to consolidate control in the disputed Donbass region to the east, Russian and US officials said.

“We believe they are trying to cut off Donbass territory,” a senior defense official told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, “they are putting their priorities and their efforts in eastern Ukraine, and there’s a lot of heavy fighting left there.”

However, Biden appeared to question that assessment on Saturday. When asked by a reporter if he thought Russia had changed its strategy, he replied, “I’m not sure they have.”

The stalled Russian offensive north and west of Kyiv was a major problem for the Kremlin, which US officials said was suffering heavy troop losses and falling morale. At the same time, Russia has intensified its attack on the northern city of Chernihiv and the western city of Lviv, some 40 miles from the Polish border, which was the scene of a Russian shelling of a fuel storage facility on Saturday.

Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said on Saturday that Putin might be considering “some kind of face-saving exit strategy”.

“Russia has not achieved its goals. It didn’t take Kyiv, it didn’t change the government of Ukraine,” the Associated Press reported. “And that’s only because the Ukrainian army is doing so well.”

Biden is scheduled to return to Washington, DC later on Saturday, departing from Warsaw Chopin Airport with a stopover for refueling in Mildenhall, UK

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