Biden fears President Putin has ‘no way out’ in Ukraine

US President Biden expressed concern that Russian President Putin has no way out in the war in Ukraine and Washington is trying to find a solution.

“We have gathered the world to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin. I think Putin thinks he can break up NATO and the European Union (EU). But now those goals seem far off,” US President Joe Biden said at a fundraiser for Democrats in the Washington, DC suburbs on May 9.

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on May 9th.  Photo: AFP.

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on May 9th. Picture: AFP.

According to Biden, the Russian president is someone who “calculates a lot” but is “not sure what to do” at the moment. He expressed concern that the Russian leadership could not find a way out of the war in Ukraine.

“I’m trying to figure out what we’re going to do to solve this problem,” said the US President.

Russia has not yet commented on Biden’s comments.

After more than 70 days of fighting, Russia is stepping up missile attacks on many areas across Ukraine in connection with the West’s arms race to Kyiv. Eastern Ukraine remains the area of ​​the fiercest fighting. Russian forces organized attacks along the Donbass in an attempt to control more territory, while Ukraine continued to resist fiercely.

President Biden signed the Ukraine Democratic Defense Lend – Lease Act 2022 on May 9 while declaring US support for “Ukrainians fighting to defend their country and democracy.” The law would extend Western support of artillery, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank weapons and other heavy weapons to the Ukrainian military, regardless of efforts to bring weapons from US stockpiles into Ukraine.

Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin warned last month that “future generations of Ukrainian citizens will have to pay their debts” for US-supplied arms, ammunition and food, as required by the US Lend-Lease Law Kyiv must “die return or refund borrowed or leased military equipment”.

The military situation in Ukraine after 11 weeks of fighting.  Graphic: Washington Post.

The war situation in Ukraine after more than two months of fighting. Graphic: Washington Post.

Huyen Le (Corresponding Reuters, Hufington Post)