Pres Biden updates nation after Russia attacks Ukraine

February 24, 2022
Pres Biden updates nation after Russia attacks Ukraine

Putin chose this war, and now he and his country will bear the consequences.

Pres. Biden in an address after Russia attacked Ukraine.
  • Pres. Biden spoke for just over 20 minutes.
  • Top 3 Takeaways:

    1. More sanctions against Russian banks, powerful people and tech companies.

    2. More U.S. troops to Europe. The Associated Press is reporting 7,000 will deploy to Germany while current Europe-based U.S. forces will deploy to NATO nations.

    3. Notable timeline on sanctions. Pres. Biden spoke both about immediate impact and a building pressure on Russia. President Biden was not willing to discuss why Pres. Putin himself hasn’t been targeted with sanctions.
  • Why It Matters: America continues to impose economic penalties on Russia. This latest round shows increasing pressure but not maximum pressure of all the sanctions possible (such as cutting off Russia from the international banking system). The question remains as to whether these penalties will lead to a change in Russia's behavior – for better or worse.

by Jenna Lee,