Biden says Putin ‘cannot remain in power’; explosions rock Lviv, Ukraine: LIVE UPDATES

Fox News’ Arthel Neville gets reaction to President Biden’s Warsaw speech from a member of Ukrainian Parliament.

U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, Biden says

In a tweet on March 26, President Biden said the U.S. would accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

He added: “The people of Ukraine can count on the United States to meet its responsibility” to continue to help the country.

The announcement comes as the U.S. has “sent $650 million in weapons to Ukraine — and since, we have committed to another $1.35 billion,” Biden added. 

Ukrainian forces launch counterattack, liberate 2 villages in Eastern Ukraine: report

Ukrainian forces have liberated Poltavka and Malynivka in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the Kviv Independent reported.

Both villages saw heavy fighting, according to the report.

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Until Biden sanctions China, they’ll continue to help Russia: Chang

Author Gordon Chang sounds off on President Biden’s handling of the China-Russia alliance during the Ukraine conflict on ‘Fox Report.’

Biden delivers mixed messages in Poland

The Big Weekend Show’ reacts to President Biden stating Putin ‘cannot remain in power.’

Biden making ‘dangerous’ statements on Russia-Ukraine conflict: WSJ assistant editor

Fox News contributor James Freeman scolds President Biden’s Russia-Ukraine blunders on ‘Fox Report.’

‘14,000 Russian soldiers dead,’ yells the protester with an American flag at the Russians

Calls to investigate the Russian-owned diplomatic compound in New York City where Putin’s people live.

This is why Russian troops have stalled in Ukraine invasion

AUSN executive director Jason Beardsley claims Russia’s invasion was not a ‘well planned, well thought’ attack on ‘Fox Report.’

Putin heard Biden call for regime change ‘loud and clear’: expert

President Biden’s speech Saturday in Poland affirmed to Russian President Vladimir Putin what he already long suspected – the U.S. wants him out of power, a Russia expert told Fox News Digital. 

“Putin heard loud and clear a call for regime change,” Rebekah Koffler, a Russian-born former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, said.

Speaking on the world stage about Russia’s war on Ukraine, Biden said: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

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World Food Programme warns Ukraine war could lead to mass hunger

Jakob Kern, U.N. WFP emergency coordinator, discusses how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is impacting the world’s food supply on ‘Fox News Live.’

White House walks back multiple Biden remarks during Europe trip on Putin, chemical weapons, troops

The White House has been forced to walk back or clarify multiple remarks made by President Biden during his trip to Europe — including having to clarify on Saturday that the president was not calling for regime change in Moscow.

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Lviv mayor after Russia strike near oil depot: ‘The aggressor wants to say hello to President Biden’

“This is now the second strike in the past week,” Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi after Russian air strikes hit near an oil depot on Saturday. “The strikes are very clearly aimed at infrastructure.”

Sadovyi added, “I think that with today’s strikes, the aggressor wants to say hello to President Biden, who is currently in Poland.”

The strikes came as President Biden visits Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Poland just over 240 miles from Lviv.  

Russian forces hit the western city for the first time since the invasion began more than four weeks ago on March 18 when an aircraft repair plant was hit outside the Lviv airport – roughly four miles from the city center. 

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report

Eric Shawn: President Biden calls for regime change in Russia

‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,’ the president declared in Warsaw. Rebecca Grant reacts.

Is Biden tough enough on Russia?

Former Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Heritage Foundation center for freedom director Nile Gardiner weigh in on Biden’s speech about the Russia-Ukraine war in Poland.

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Biden says Putin ‘cannot remain in power’, White House walks back

President Biden ended his speech in Poland with a seeming call for regime change as he declared that “for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.

Shortly after Biden’s address however, the White House denied that Biden was calling for regime change.

The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” a White House official told Fox News Digital shortly after the speech concluded.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki previously insisted the White House is “not advocating for killing the leader of a foreign country or regime change.”

“That is not the policy of the United States,” she said on March 4.

Biden warns Putin: ‘Don’t even think about moving onto one single inch of NATO territory’

In a rousing speech in Poland to a mix of Polish citizens and Ukrainian refugees, President Biden underscored NATO’s role in the war in Ukraine.

“Putin can and must end this war,” Biden said, stressing that there is “no doubt” that Russia’s military effort has played out as “a strategic failure.”

Biden also insisted that NATO is a defensive alliance that has “never sought the demise of Russia,” but reiterated the “sacred obligation” of all NATO members to defend “each and every inch of NATO territory.”

“This is the task of our time, the task of this generation,” Biden said. “Let’s remember the hammer blow that brought down the Berlin Wall, the might that lifted the Iron Curtain were not the words of a single leader but the people of Europe who fought for decades to free themselves.”

Explosions rock Lviv in western Ukraine, amid speculation Russia is changing strategy

Smoke billowed over the city of Lviv in western Ukraine Saturday after multiple explosions were heard near an oil depot.

Sirens began sounding moments before three explosions were heard and then smoke could be seen rising over the city, Fox News’ Brett Velicovich described.

The exact target of the attacks remains unclear, but the strikes come as President Biden visits Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw, Poland just over 240 miles from Lviv.  

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Multiple explosions heard in Lviv

Explosions in Lviv resulted in thick black smoke that looked like clouds and could be seen from miles away.

Fox News correspondent Jeff Paul’s security team reported that two jets flew overhead before the explosions. Paul initially reported that a communications tower had been hit, but later said it may have been an oil depot as smoke continued to billow across the landscape.

President Biden is approximately 245 miles away in Warsaw meeting with Ukrainian refugees.

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Russia-Ukraine war: Multiple explosions heard in Lviv

Biden calls Putin a ‘butcher’ after meeting with Ukrainian refugees in Poland

President Biden on Saturday called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a butcher” after he met with displaced Ukrainian mothers and their children in Warsaw, Poland. 

Ukrainian mothers spoke with the president while holding their children and explained their fury over Putin’s illegal incursion.

“We Ukrainian mothers are ready to strangle him with our bare hands,” one woman said, explaining that her husband and son stayed behind to fight. 

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Biden says ‘we understand’ Poland taking in Ukrainian refugees as thousands cross US southern border

President Biden on Saturday said the United States understands Poland’s decision to take in more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees amid Russia’s invasion because “thousands of people a day, literally,” are crossing the U.S. southern border.

Biden made the remarks during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

“We do acknowledge that Poland is taking on a significant responsibility that I don’t think should just be Poland and should be the whole world — all of NATO’s responsibility,” Biden said. “The fact that you have so many Ukrainians seeking refuge in and in … Poland — we understand that because we have on our southern border thousands of people a day literally, not figuratively, trying to get to the United States.”

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Ukraine defense minister: Meeting with Biden, State Sec. ‘encouraging’

Ukrainian officials said they found the meeting with U.S. officials, including President Biden and Secretaries of State and Defense, “encouraging.”

“Discussed urgent needs of #UAarmy,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted, adding that “we live in an era of Ukrainocentrism, but in mutual struggle with a common enemy.”

Biden supposedly said that Ukraine has “inspired the whole world.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also attended the meeting.

Russia conducts drills on contested Japanese islands

Japanese media claimed Saturday that Russia had commenced military drills on the Kuril Islands.

Russia’s Eastern Military District confirmed the drills by announcing more than 3,000 troops and hundreds of pieces of army equipment had been deployed on the islands, Reuters reported.

Russia took possession of the islands following World War II, but Japan has maintained that it has the sovereign right to the islands. Russia commenced its newest drills after peace talks stalled following sanctions Japan enacted due to the invasion of Ukraine.

US and EU announce task force to cut Russian gas

Ukraine claims another Russian general scalp, second lieutenant-general killed at same base

Ukraine’s defense ministry said Saturday that its forces had killed another Russian general during a strike near the city of Kherson.

Lt. Gen. Yakov Rezantsev would be the seventh general killed in Ukraine and the second-lieutenant general – the highest rank officer reportedly killed, according to the BBC.

Low morale among Russian troops may have forced senior officers closer to the front lines, leading to several high-profile deaths among their ranks.Rezantsev was stationed at the Chornobaivka airbase, which Russia has used as a command post during its offensive in Kherson.

Andrei Mordvichev, the other lieutenant-general reportedly killed, was at the same base when he died.

Ukraine president gives surprise virtual address at Doha Forum

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a virtual speech Saturday during Qatar’s Doha Forum, where he criticized Russia’s ongoing aggression and called on the international community to do more to help.

Zelenskyy also compared the Russian attack on the port city of Mariupol to the Russian bombing of Aleppo during the Syrian War, where over 400 people died. 

“They are destroying our ports,” Zelenskyy said. “The absence of exports from Ukraine will deal a blow to countries worldwide.”

Kyiv 35-hour curfew announced

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced a curfew will remain in effect from 8 p.m. local time Saturday to 7 a.m. Monday.

Local residents can leave their homes only to move to bomb shelters. Shops, pharmacies, gas stations and even public transit will not operate during this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Russian losses continue to pile: report

Biden to meet Ukrainian foreign, defence ministers in Warsaw: report

President Biden will meet with Ukrainian foreign, defense ministers during his visit to Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, the AFP News Agency reports.

The White House previously announced Biden planned to meet with Ukrainian refugees who fled since the start of the Russian War before he gives a speech.

More than 300,000 refugees have fled Ukraine in the last 30 days.

Zelenskyy calls on the United Nations to do more

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a speech Saturday during Qatar’s Doha Forum, where he criticized Russia’s ongoing aggression.

“They are destroying our ports,” Zelenskyy said. “The absence of exports from Ukraine will deal a blow to countries worldwide.”

Zelenskyy also called on the United Nations to do more to intervene in the conflict and aid Ukrainians.

“The future of Europe rests with your efforts,” he said. “We have to ensure this sacred month of Ramadan is not overshadowed by the misery of people in Ukraine.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ukrainian Kindergarten after Russian Armed Forces attack: photo

Humanitarian aid arrives in Ukraine: photos

Translation: “Trains with thirty tons of humanitarian cargo arrived in Dnipropetrovsk region and Zaporizhia.”

“The cargo was sent within the framework of joint humanitarian initiatives of the Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

Zelenskyy: ‘16,000 Russian servicemen have already died. For what?’

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave an address on the 30th anniversary of the founding the country’s Security Service.

“I want to begin this address with words of congratulations. On my own behalf and on your behalf, on behalf of all our citizens of Ukraine to the employees of the Security Service of Ukraine. Today is their day,” he said.

“We will always remember all the employees of the Service who died for Ukraine while performing tasks to counter Russian aggression,” Zelenskyy added.

“During this month of hostilities, 77 employees of the Security Service were awarded state awards. Two of them were posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine. Both distinguished themselves in the battles near Makariv, Kyiv region. Thanks to their courageous actions, the enemy headquarters and more than 20 occupiers were destroyed.”

“By restraining Russia’s actions, our defenders are leading the Russian leadership to a simple and logical idea: talk is necessary. Meaningful. Urgent. Fair. For the sake of the result, not for the sake of the delay.”

“16,000 Russian servicemen have already died. For what?”

Czech Minister refuses meeting in Budapest amid Hungary’s support for Russia

Translation: The Czech Minister of Defense refused a meeting in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, because of the country’s support for Russia.

“I am very sorry that cheap Russian oil is more important to Hungarian politicians than Ukrainian blood,” she wrote.

Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed three more Russian planes: report

The Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 12 Russian air targets, including three planes, on March 25, according to a report.

The targets also included three drones, a helicopter and five cruise missiles.

On the ground, Ukrainian forces reportedly destroyed eight tanks and 17 armored units that same day in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas.

Germany has sent Ukraine 1,500 anti-aircraft missiles: report

Germany has sent 1,500 “Strela” anti-aircraft missiles and 100 MG3 machine guns to Ukraine this week, according to the Kyiv Independent.

The shipment included 350,000 food packs, 50 medical transport vehicles, and medical supplies.

Minnesota man freed after being detained in Russia: Sen Klobuchar

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar released a statement Friday announcing the release of Tyler Jacob, a Minnesota man who had been detained in Russia.

“I am relieved that Tyler is safely reunited with his wife and daughter,” Klobuchar said in the statement. “Over the last two weeks, my team and I have been in close contact with his family, the State Department, and the U.S. embassy in Moscow working towards this outcome, and I am grateful that we were able to help bring him to safety.”

Klobuchar added, “While this is good news, my heart remains with all those separated from their loved ones or in danger. As Vladimir Putin continues his senseless war, our commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine is steadfast.”

Jacob was taken by Russian soldiers as he tried to flee Ukraine for his own safety at the approximately two weeks ago. He was detained in Russia for ten days as his family tried to work with the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassy in Moscow to locate him and bring him home.

“I am so ecstatic that Tyler is safe,” Tina Hauser, Jacobs’ mother, said in the statement. “This has been a harrowing experience, and I am so grateful to the officials in the State Department and embassy who helped us locate Tyler and get him out of Russia. I am especially grateful to Senator Klobuchar for her steadfast support through this whole process. This was a parent’s worst nightmare, but I can rest easy tonight knowing my son has made it to safety.”

Zelenskyy shouldn’t be pressured to ‘cave in’: China expert

Russia calls in reinforcements from Georgia signaling shift in strategy

Senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot has the latest from Lviv, Ukraine, on ‘Special Report.’

Zelenskyy announces a temporary housing construction plan for displaced persons

President Zelenskyy announced a plan to build temporary housing for people displaced by the Russia War.

“Once we achieve peace, we will begin immediate large-scale reconstruction of our country. But now people need a temporary home,” Zelensky said.

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