Yikes, dude. French President Macron said, “Ukrainians and Russians are brotherly peoples.”
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said, “I called it genocide because it’s become clearer and clearer that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is just trying to wipe out even the idea of being Ukrainian.”
The comment ticked off the Kremlin, who called it unacceptable.
Then there’s French President Emmanuel Macron. He refuses to use the term genocide but said Ukrainians and Russians are “brotherly peoples.” That is the exact opposite of what Ukrainians want the world to believe. They want it known that they are their own people, culture, and society.
Finland Will Make NATO Decision Soon
Russia has warned Finland over and over not to join NATO. Has Russia forgotten that Finland owns Russia? Finland doesn’t care and will make a decision soon to join NATO:
Finland should prepare for possible changes on its Russia border, although the military situation there currently remains calm, Defence Minister Atti Kaikkonen said on Wednesday.
Finland will make a decision about whether to apply to join the 30-member Nato alliance in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told reporters in Stockholm on Wednesday.
“There are different perspectives to apply (for) Nato membership or not to apply and we have to analyze these very carefully,” Ms Marin told reporters in a joint news conference with her Swedish counterpart.
“But I think our process will be quite fast, it will happen in weeks.”
Ukraine Denies Fighters Surrendered Mariupol
Russia says fighters surrendered Mariupol. Others said they haven’t:
Units of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, defending Mariupol, besieged by Russian invaders, broke through to join forces with the Azov Regiment, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Oleksiy Arestovych said.
“In Mariupol, units of the 36th Marine Brigade, as a result of a complex and very risky maneuver, broke through to connect with the Azov regiment, which professionally provided this event,” Arestovych wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
He said that the results of the breakthrough are that Azov received significant reinforcements, the 36th brigade avoided defeat in parts and received additional serious opportunities, “actually gained a second chance”, the defenders of the city, now together, seriously strengthened their defense area.
“In general, the city’s defense system has grown and strengthened. This is what happens when officers do not lose their temper, but firmly maintain control of the troops. Let’s not lose ours’. The army knows what it is doing,” Arestovych said.
Biden Says Genocide, Macron is Meh, and Kremlin is Mad
BIDEN: "Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away." pic.twitter.com/JC1eoqqhQy
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 12, 2022
Biden: I called it genocide because it has become clear that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being able to be a Ukrainian pic.twitter.com/h4SBfDQuFW
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 12, 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron, who is facing a tense run-off with Marine Le Pen, refused to use genocide:
“I would say that Russia unilaterally unleashed the most brutal war, that it is now established that war crimes were committed by the Russian army and that it is now necessary to find those responsible and make them face justice,” Mr Macron said.
“It’s madness what’s happening, it’s incredibly brutal,” he added.
“But at the same time, I look at the facts and I want to try as much as possible to continue to be able to stop this war and to rebuild peace. I’m not sure that verbal escalations serve this cause,” he said.
Mr Macron said it was best to be “careful” with the terminology on genocide in this situations, especially as “the Ukrainians and Russians are brotherly peoples”.
Oh, man. “Brotherly peoples.” Why not give Putin more justification to absorb Ukraine? Dang.
The Kremlin spit on Putin:
The Kremlin said Wednesday it was “unacceptable” for US President Joe Biden to accuse Moscow’s troops of committing genocide in Ukraine, where Russia has been conducting a military campaign for nearly two months.
“We categorically disagree and consider unacceptable any attempt to distort the situation in this way,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
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