JOE Biden hit back at Vladimir Putin’s deranged nuclear threats this evening as he vowed Russia will “never” win in Ukraine.
Biden used a major speech in Poland to taunt the Russian tyrant saying Kyiv “stands strong, proud and free” a year on from the invasion.
He spoke to cheering crowds in Poland alongside president Andrzej Duda following his historic trip to Kyiv yesterday.
The US President, 80, spent the day praising Nato as “stronger than ever” and reassuring his allies of Washington’s continued commitment to Europe.
And then he delivered a key speech at the Royal Castle, the same location where he condemned Putin last March just weeks after Vlad’s invasion.
Biden said Putin believed Nato would “fracture and divide” – but in fact the alliance was more united than ever.
He said: “He thought autocrats like himself were tough and leaders of democracy were soft and then he met the iron will of America and nations everywhere that refused to accept a world governed by fear.”
He added: “One year into this war, there should be no doubt our support will not waver, we will not be divided and we will not tire.
“Democracies of the world will stand guard over freedom today, tomorrow and for ever.
“That’s what’s at stake here – freedom” – adding there is “no nobler goal”.
Biden slammed Russia as “abhorrent” for committing atrocities in Ukraine and “stealing” children’s futures.
And he vowed: “The appetites of the autocrat cannot be appeased – they can only be opposed.
“Autocrats only understand one word – no, no, no.
“A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never be able to ease the people’s love of liberty, brutality will never grind down the will of the free.
“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia – never.”
It was greeted with huge applause from the crowd in the Polish capital – which lived under Soviet rule for 45 years.