Russia-Ukraine live: Putin’s war plans ‘plain wrong’, says Bide
- Joe Biden has made an unannounced wartime visit to Ukraine, in a show of support ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
- The US president promised $500m of additional military aid to Kyiv and further sanctions against Russia, saying President Vladimir Putin’s war plans are “plain wrong”.
- The Kremlin accuses Moldova’s leaders of pursuing an anti-Russian agenda amid mounting tensions between the two countries.
- China’s top diplomat is due in Moscow for talks after the United States warned Beijing against providing weapons to Russia.
Washington gave Moscow notice of Biden visit: White House
The US notified Russia of President Joe Biden’s trip to Kyiv hours before the visit took place, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has said.
“We did so dome hours before his departure for deconfliction purposes, and because of the sensitive nature of those communications I won’t get into how they responded or what the precise nature of our message was, but I can confirm that we provided that notice,” Sullivan said.
He added Biden had wanted to send a “clear, unmistakable message” of enduring US support for Ukraine with his presence.
Jon Finer, a deputy national security adviser, said the entire operation had been meticulously planned over a period of “months” with the final decision on whether to go ahead with the visit.