Biden says he fears Putin has no way out of war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a Victory Day military parade, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in central Moscow, in Russia, May 9, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters

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POTOMAC, Maryland, May 9 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he feared Russian President Vladimir Putin had no way out of the war in Ukraine, and Biden said he was trying to figure out what to do about that.

Biden, speaking at a political fundraiser in a Washington suburb, said Putin had mistakenly believed invading Ukraine would break NATO and break up the European Union.

Instead, the United States and many European countries have rallied behind Ukraine.

Russia’s assault on kyiv was repelled in March by strong Ukrainian resistance. Russia, which calls the invasion “a special military operation”, sent more troops to Ukraine for a huge offensive last month in the eastern part of the country, but its gains have been slow.

Biden said Putin is a very calculating man and the issue he’s worried about now is that the Russian leader “has no way out right now, and I’m trying to figure out what we’re doing about it” .

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Reporting by Jeff Mason; Written by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler

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