Biden Russia Ukraine speech LIVE today – President to address nation after Putin sends troops into breakaway regions

PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to speak from the White House today on the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

Biden is set to provide an update on America's response to the escalating situation in Russia and Ukraine, according to the White House.

The address will be Biden's third in just one week, and comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops over the Russian border in a dramatic escalation of tensions.

In a further chilling development today, Russia's parliament voted to allow Vladimir Putin to use armed forces abroad.

The much-feared Russian advance began in the early hours, soon after Putin announced he recognized Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states in a bombastic TV address.

Read our Joe Biden speech live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Brittney Donovan

    Putin calls for Ukraine to drop NATO bid

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the "best" solution to the Ukraine crisis would include Kyiv dropping its NATO membership ambitions and staying neutral.

    Putin's comments came after the upper house of the Russian parliament gave him permission to use the nation's army abroad.

  • Brittney Donovan

    Russian banks sanctioned

    Five Russian banks are being sanctioned by the UK, including Rossiya, IS Bank, General Bank, Promsvyazbank, and the Black Sea Bank.

    Three uber-rich oligarchs close to the Kremlin, Gennady Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg and Igor Rotenberg, will also be sanctioned.

  • Brittney Donovan

    Fears of 'World War 3'

    As tensions between Russia and the West continue to rise, many fear the crisis in Ukraine could develop into a wider armed conflict.

    Russian president Vladimir Putin's decision to order troops over the Russian border marks the start of a much-anticipated invasion of Ukraine, as the world holds a collective breath, waiting to see how the West responds.

    Officials have warned that escalation of the crisis may see the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War Two, leading to thousands of civilian deaths and sparking a significant refugee crisis in Europe.

  • Brittney Donovan

    US moves embassy amid fears

    The US moved all embassy staff out of Ukraine after Vladimir Putin ordered troops into the country's rebel-held territories.

    Bloomberg's senior White House reporter, Jennifer Jacobs, tweeted: "The Biden admin has ordered all remaining State Department personnel out of Ukraine.

    "The embassy had previously relocated from Kyiv to the western city of Lviv. Now they are shifting to Poland."

  • Brittney Donovan

    What has Putin said of the 'invasion'?

    The Russian president declared that the neighboring nation of Ukraine “belongs to Russia” as he followed through on promises to seize territory given up by the country in the fall of the Soviet Union.

    Putin signed a decree recognizing the Donetsk and Luhansk rebel republic in east Ukraine in a move which destroyed peace hopes.

  • Brittney Donovan

    UK's response

    The United Kingdom has also announced sanctions in response to Putin's move into Ukraine.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that sanctions were imposed on five Russian banks and three wealthy individuals following Putin's decision to recognize two separatist republics.

    Johnson was quoted as saying Putin was "establishing the pretext for full scale invasion" of Ukraine.

  • Brittney Donovan

    Biden's response to 'invasion'

    President Joe Biden responded to Putin ordering troops into Ukraine by announcing restrictions that limit financial activity in the two regions.

    Biden is expected to announce new consequences on Tuesday, CNN reported.

  • Brittney Donovan

    Putin ordered troops into Ukraine

    Biden's Tuesday news conference is his first public appearance following President Vladimir Putin's order for troops to deploy to separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

    Putin declared two separatist-held regions of the area independent before ordering Russian troops into the areas.

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