Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” as he tries to “rebuild an empire”, Joe Biden has declared.
The US President blasted Putin as a “dictator” in a stirring speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.
It comes after years of claims that Putin is desperate to re-establish Russian control over former Soviet Union countries.
Biden denounced the despot after speaking to Ukrainian refugees in the Polish capital today.
When asked what he thought of Putin after the meeting, the President said: “He’s a butcher.”
In his speech outside the Royal Castle, Biden added: “In this hour, let the words of Pope John Paul burn as brightly today – never, ever give up hope, never doubt, never tire, never become discouraged. Be not afraid.
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“A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase a people’s love for liberty.
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Mr Biden said 200,000 Russians had left their country in a single month in a “remarkable brain drain” as Mr Putin, who he earlier called a “butcher”, had “strangled democracy”.