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The United States and France pledge to support Ukraine amid a “brutal” war with Russia

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The United States and France pledged to maintain Ukraine’s support against the ongoing Russian invasion and stressed the need to hold accountable those responsible for attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in the war-torn country.

In a statement issued as part of talks between US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, at the White House on Thursday, the two countries denounced Russia’s “illegal war of aggression” against its neighbor.

The statement said Biden and Macron “also reaffirmed their unwavering determination to hold Russia accountable for the widely documented atrocities and war crimes committed by regular armed forces and their proxies.”

Biden said in a press conference alongside Macron after lengthy discussions in the Oval Office.

“France and the United States are facing this trend,” the US president told reporters. [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s future ambition to conquer” and “defend democratic values ​​and universal human rights”.

Biden also said he was willing to talk to Putin “if there is, in fact, any interest in him that he decides he’s looking for a way to end the war.” But Biden added that Putin “hasn’t done it yet.”

Western powers are trying to bolster their support for Ukraine as the country suffers almost weekly missile and drone attacks aimed at supplying its cities with energy, water and heating, just as winter sets in, nine months after the Russian invasion.

Thursday’s talks between Biden and Macron came as Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko urged residents of the Ukrainian capital to stock up on water, food and warm clothes in case of a power outage.

Klitschko also advised people to consider staying with friends on the outskirts of the city if possible.

Russian missiles bombarded neighborhoods in the recently liberated city of Kherson. The attacks caused power outages after electricity did not begin to return until about three weeks after the city was evacuated by Russian forces.

Some local residents embraced the Ukrainian soldiers as they patrolled near charred cars and buildings whose windows were blown out by the nightly bombing, sending many people to hospital.

“Ukraine will win,” said Inna Sidorchuk, 52, a resident of one of the buildings that was bombed.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov defended the recent attacks in the country, saying that Ukraine’s energy infrastructure “supports the combat capability of the Ukrainian armed forces and nationalist battalions.”

Lavrov told an online news conference that the attack was aimed at “destroying energy facilities that allow you to continue injecting deadly weapons into Ukraine to kill Russians”.

Last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of seeking to “freeze” Ukraine into submission.

“It seems that President Putin has decided that if he cannot control Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze it and subjugate it,” Blinken said on November 4 after a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Germany.

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