As President Biden stumbled his way through his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, he called the Ukrainian people “Iranian” while he discussed the Russian invasion of the country.
“To our fellow Ukrainian Americans who forge a deep bond that connects our two nations we stand with you,” Biden said. “Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people. He will never extinguish their love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world.”
Last week, Russia launched an invasion into Ukraine and allegedly began to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Ukrainian people, including reportedly using illegal cluster bombs and vacuum bombs.
According to Human Rights Watch, a Russian missile carrying a cluster munition targeted a hospital in Vuhledar, Ukraine, on February 24, 2022. “The attack killed four civilians and injured another 10, six of them healthcare workers, and damaged the hospital, an ambulance, and civilian vehicles,” Human Rights Watch reported.
“This callous attack has killed and injured civilians, and damaged a hospital,” said Steve Goose, arms director of Human Rights Watch. “Russian forces should stop using cluster munitions and end unlawful attacks with weapons that indiscriminately kill and maim.”
On Monday, Russia launched a “barrage” of missile strikes on civilian areas of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.
“Russian forces unleashed a barrage of multiple-launch rocket fire against residential neighborhoods in Kharkiv, killing at least 10 civilians, including three children and their parents who were incinerated in a car struck by a Russian projectile, and injuring at least 40, according to Kharkiv officials,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Some 87 Kharkiv apartment buildings have been damaged, and several parts of Kharkiv no longer have water, electricity or heating, Mayor Ihor Terekhov told Ukrainian TV channels. Kharkiv, which served as the capital of Ukraine in the 1920s and 1930s, is home to some 1.4 million people.”