Nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan on Tuesday condemned the most recent Russian missile assaults towards Ukraine, which he famous occurred whereas President Biden and different world leaders are assembly in Bali for the Group of 20 (G20) summit.
Ukrainian officers reported a wave of Russian airstrikes on Tuesday in residential areas and cities, inflicting blackouts in some areas. The barrage follows Russia’s retreat from Kherson, a serious blow to Moscow’s battle effort.
“It isn’t misplaced on us that, as world leaders meet on the G-20 in Bali to debate the problems of great significance to the lives and livelihoods of individuals around the globe, Russia once more threatens these lives and destroys Ukraine’s important infrastructure,” Sullivan mentioned in a press release.
“These Russian strikes will serve to solely deepen the issues among the many G‑20 concerning the destabilizing affect of Putin’s battle,” Sullivan mentioned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t attend the G20 Summit. Biden has been assembly with numerous leaders over the previous few days on points together with help for Ukraine, together with with Chinese language President Xi Jinping.
Biden and Xi on Monday each underscored their opposition to the use or menace of nuclear weapons in Ukraine throughout their assembly, based on the White Home.
Sullivan in his assertion mentioned that the U.S. will proceed to assist Ukraine defend itself, together with by offering air protection programs. The Pentagon final week mentioned it will fund tanks despatched to Ukraine for the primary time, which is a part of the most recent $400 million navy help bundle.
“We’ll stand with Ukraine for so long as it takes,” Sullivan mentioned.
The $400 million in funding got here as some Republican lawmakers have warned they’ll scrutinize or oppose assist to Ukraine with a GOP majority within the Home.