US President Joe Biden condemned Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces” in a statement.
“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” Biden said. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”
A top official of the Biden administration official told CNN that the US and allies are planning on Thursday to trigger the “full scale” of the sanctions that have been discussed over the last several weeks in response to the attack.
“This is a grave breach of international law, and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. I call on Russia to cease its military action immediately and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the NATO chief.
“NATO Allies will meet to address the consequences of Russia’s aggressive actions. We stand with the people of Ukraine at this terrible time. NATO will do all it takes to protect and defend all Allies,” he added.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen also twitted:
“We condemn Russia’s unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine. It must withdraw its military and fully respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The EU leaders will discuss and swiftly adopt further restrictive measures against Russia. The EU stands with Ukraine.
We strongly condemn Russia´s unjustified attack on Ukraine. In these dark hours, our thoughts are with Ukraine and the innocent women, men and children as they face this unprovoked attack and fear for their lives. We will hold the Kremlin accountable.“
UK PM Boris Johnson said: “I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps. President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine. The UK and our allies will respond decisively.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the Russian military operation launched in Ukraine was a “flagrant violation” of international law, speaking of a “terrible day for Ukraine” and a “black day for Europe”.
“Germany strongly condemns this unscrupulous act of President (Vladimir) Putin. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and its people,” he said in a statement. “It’s a terrible day for Ukraine and a bad day for Europe,” Scholz added.
French President Emmanuel Macron also twitted: “By recognizing the separatist regions of eastern Ukraine, Russia is violating its commitments and undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty. I condemn this decision. I called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council and European sanctions. France strongly condemns Russia’s decision to wage war on Ukraine. Russia must end its military operations immediately.
To the Ukrainian people, to President Zelensky, this evening, I reiterate our support, our attachment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In economic and financial matters, in terms of defensive equipment, France will continue to provide its support.”
Iohannis: Romania strongly condemns Russia’s attacks
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis also condemned the military attack of Russia against Ukraine, announcing a strong reaction on the international community, with high costs for Moscow.
“I strongly condemn on behalf of RO🇷🇴 the military aggression by RU against UA,another very grave breach of international law, of 🇺🇦sovereignty&integrity. This will be met with the strongest reaction by the international community inflicting massive consequences&the most sever cost,” Iohannis said on Twitter.
“Romania, along with the entire democratic international community, strongly rejects such irresponsible behavior that undermines the foundation of international relations and the very current order of international law,” reads a press release from the Presidential Administration.
“Unfortunately, despite intense European and Euro-Atlantic efforts to de-escalate the situation, the Russian Federation, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the guarantor of world peace and security, has chosen the path of using armed force, in clear contradiction with the provisions of the UN Charter.
The Russian Federation has once again shown that it is not interested in the constructive and responsible dialogue offered by the European and Euro-Atlantic community, but has constantly and intentionally pursued the confrontation and coercion of its claims, subject to the outdated logic of the so-called spheres of influence,” the Romanian head of state added.
He also said that Romania points out that the Russian Federation must bear the consequences of this deeply illegal act. “In full coordination with its NATO and EU allies and partners, Romania will impose firm and substantial response.”
President Klaus Iohannis expressed full solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people facing the aggression of the Russian Federation and reaffirms Romania’s full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, the statement said.
At the same time, President Klaus Iohannis assures all Romanian citizens on the territory of Ukraine that Romania, including through its diplomatic and consular missions, is ready to provide the necessary consular assistance.
President Klaus Iohannis emphasizes that the citizens of Romania, as a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, fully benefit from the widest security guarantees in its history. “No citizen of Romania has reason to be afraid,” Cotroceni Palace added.