Headline RoundupFebruary 24th, 2022

World Leaders React to Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Summary from the AllSides News Team

As world leaders rushed to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a new wave of sanctions against Russia by the U.S. and partners around the world

Biden condemned Russia’s “premeditated attack” and committed more U.S. troops to bolster NATO allies. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that his country would “not give up its freedom.” Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, promised new sanctions over Russia’s “barbaric attack.” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Thursday was a “terrible day for Ukraine and a dark day for Europe.” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted how “civilians, including women and children, always suffer first and suffer most” in wars. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying rejected calling Russia's actions an “invasion” and labeled the U.S. “the culprit of current tensions surrounding Ukraine”; however, she also called for a peaceful solution and said that “China did not wish to see what happened in Ukraine today.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly called for an “immediate cessation of violence” and a return to diplomatic talks in a Thursday phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Russia, police arrested over 1,000 demonstrators as anti-war protests broke out in cities across the country. 

Coverage of Russia and Ukraine dominated headlines across the spectrum on Thursday, with most major outlets publishing articles on world leaders’ reactions.

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