President Biden responded Wednesday night to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in a series of tweets.
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Many wondered where the 79-year-old president was Wednesday night.
“Where is Joe?” Fox News co-host and former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted.
“Could somebody wake up Biden and tell him the war has started?” national radio host Todd Starnes tweeted.
Just after midnight, Biden said Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reached out to him and tweeted about the phone call.
“I condemned this unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces,” Biden said. “I briefed him on the steps we are taking to rally international condemnation, including tonight at the UN Security Council.”
Biden said Zelensky asked him to “call on the leaders of the world to speak out clearly against President Putin’s flagrant aggression, and it stand with the people of Ukraine.”
The president said he will meet with leaders of the G7 Thursday, adding “the United States and our Allies and partners will be imposing severe sanctions on Russia. We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.”
In another tweet, Biden said the world will hold Russia accountable.
“Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way,” Biden tweeted.
Biden condemned Russia’s attack in a statement from the White House:
The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.
I will be monitoring the situation from the White House this evening and will continue to get regular updates from my national security team. Tomorrow, I will meet with my G7 counterparts in the morning and then speak to the American people to announce the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for this needless act of aggression against Ukraine and global peace and security. We will also coordinate with our NATO Allies to ensure a strong, united response that deters any aggression against the Alliance. Tonight, Jill and I are praying for the brave and proud people of Ukraine.