An artillery unit of the Ukrainian army's 14th Mechanized Brigade in the eastern Kharkiv region fires a rocket launcher toward Russian positions, October 4, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree Tuesday declaring that negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin has become “impossible” following Putin’s attempt to annex four Ukrainian regions.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia would wait until Zelenskyy changes his mind or until a new president takes office in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the White House said U.S. President Joe Biden assured Zelenskyy in a phone call that “the United States will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.”
Biden also said the U.S. was ready “to impose severe costs on any individual, entity, or country” that supported Russia’s annexation claim.
In addition, Biden told the Ukrainian leader the U.S. was sending the Kyiv government another $625 million in armaments to help it fend off Russia’s seven-month invasion, bringing total arms aid to more than $17.5 billion since January 2021, when Biden took office.
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