Biden calls Ukrainian president after botching message about Russian conflict

President Joe Biden appears to have blundered once again.

The gaffe-prone Democrat made a series of bombastic statements about the volatile situation between Russia and Ukraine before attempting to clean up the mess with a phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Departure of American family members”

According to Breitbart, the phone call came on Thursday.

As the White House explained in a statement about the conversation, Biden “reaffirmed the readiness of the United States along with its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.”

The press release further asserted that the president “underscored the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Citing previous support America has provided to Ukraine, Biden reportedly clarified “that despite the departure of American family members of embassy personnel, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv remains open and fully operational.”

The conversation between Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart hinged on “diplomatic efforts on European security, underscoring the principle of ‘nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine,'” the White House added.

“Agreed on joint actions for the future”

During the phone call, Biden reportedly reiterated his support of a July 2020 ceasefire in hopes of cooling tensions along the Ukraine-Russia border. Russia has been threatening an invasion as part of an effort to ensure that Ukraine is not allowed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Zelensky also confirmed his discussion with the U.S. president, noting that they talked about “recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future.”

The Ukrainian leader added that he expressed gratitude for Biden’s “ongoing military assistance,” noting that the two world leaders also discussed the possibilities of new financial support for his country.

Prior to the phone call, Biden received criticism for his public statements that seemed to confirm Russia’s impending invasion of its neighbor. These remarks led Zelensky to admonish the United States — particularly after the Department of State ordered the evacuation of U.S. personnel in Ukraine.

The Russia-Ukraine hostilities have been brewing for some time, and Zelensky has reportedly become frustrated by the Biden administration’s refusal to impose sanctions on Russia. The U.S. president has indicated that he would not impose such sanctions until after a Russian invasion.

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