February 24, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Aditi Sangal, Meg Wagner, Adrienne Vogt, Melissa Macaya, Rob Picheta, Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Ed Upright, Maureen Chowdhury and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 8:06 a.m. ET, February 25, 2022
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2:12 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

Biden says Putin wants to "reestablish the former Soviet Union"

(Alex Brandon/AP)
(Alex Brandon/AP)

US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin is disconnected from the rest of the world and wants to revive the former Soviet Union.

"He has much larger ambitions than Ukraine. He wants to, in fact, reestablish the former Soviet Union. That's what this is about. And I think that his ambitions are completely are contrary to the place where the rest of the world has arrived."

Biden remained steadfast that sanctions will have an effect on Russian aggression after the country attacked Ukraine.

"It will weaken his country. He'll have to make a very, very difficult choice of whether to continue to move toward being a second-rate power or, in fact, respond," Biden said.

"If we don't move against him now with these significant sanctions, he will be emboldened," Biden later said.

2:03 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

Biden: "I have no plans to talk with Putin"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

(Alex Brandon/AP)
(Alex Brandon/AP)

President Biden said he has "no plans to talk" with Russian President Vladimir Putin after he announced a military strike on Ukraine.

Earlier in his address, Biden said, "Putin's aggression against Ukraine will end up costing Russia dearly economically and strategically."

"Putin will be a pariah on the international stage," he added. "Putin's choice to make a totally unjustifiable war on Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger."

2:04 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

Biden pledges to limit US spike in gas prices in response to Russian aggression

(Alex Brandon/AP)
(Alex Brandon/AP)

President Biden said as the US responds to Russian attack on Ukraine, he will try "to limit the pain the American people are feeling at the gas pump" as well.

"As we respond, my administration is using ... every tool at [our] disposal to protect American families and businesses from rising prices at the gas pump. We're taking active steps to bring down the cost, and American oil and gas companies should not — should not — exploit this moment to hike their respect prices to raise profits," he said.

Biden said officials are monitoring energy supplies for disruptions. 

"We've been coordinating with major oil-producing and consuming countries toward our common interest to secure global energy supplies. We are actively working with countries around the world to elevate collective release from the strategic petroleum reserves for major energy-consuming countries," he said. "And the United States will release additional barrels of oil as conditions warrant." 

Biden said he knows that gas prices have already been rising in the US.

"I know this is hard and that Americans are already hurting. I will do everything in my power to limit the pain the American people are feeling at the gas pump. This is critical to me. But this aggression cannot go unanswered. If it did, the consequences for America would be much worse. America stands up to bullies. We stand up for freedom. This is who we are," he said.

2:05 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

Biden announces sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine

From CNN's Aditi Sangal


US President Joe Biden gave an address on the situation in Ukraine, condemned Russia for launching the military strike on Thursday, and announced new strong sanctions and limitations on what can be exported to Russia.

"This is going to impose severe cost on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time. We have purposefully designed these sanctions to maximize a long-term impact on Russia and to minimize the impact on the United States and our allies," he said.

The United States is not doing this alone, he said, adding that the 27 EU members and G7 members will participate in these sanctions.

Here are the sanctions he announced:

  1. Limit Russia's ability to do business in dollars, euros, pounds and yen to be part of the global economy.
  2. Stop the ability to finance and grow the Russian military.
  3. Impair their ability to compete in high-tech 21st century economy.
  4. US sanctioned Russian banks that together hold around $1 trillion in assets.

He added, "we're also blocking four more major banks. That means every asset they have in America will be frozen."

"It's going to take time and we have to show resolve, so he knows what is coming. So the people of Russia know what he's brought on them. That's what this is all about. This is going to take time," Biden later said.

1:58 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

"Putin chose this war," Biden says about Ukraine attack

US President Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin bears full responsibility for attacking Ukraine and said Russia will face the consequences because of it.

"Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. And now he and his country will bear the consequences," Biden said in remarks at the White House.

Biden is now announcing additional sanctions on Russia.

1:43 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

NOW: Biden speaks on Russia's attack on Ukraine

US President Joe Biden is addressing the nation from the White House as his administration assesses Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Biden “will deliver remarks on Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” the White House said in its daily guidance.

In a Twitter message published earlier today, Biden said he agreed with fellow G7 leaders "to move forward on devastating packages of sanctions and other economic measures to hold Russia to account."

The US and the world have not seen a “conventional move like this, nation state to nation state, since World War II” a senior defense official had told reporters earlier on Thursday. “Certainly nothing on this size and scope and scale."

1:41 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

German chancellor: Europe "will not accept violation of Ukraine's sovereignty" by Russia

From CNN’s Nadine Schmidt in Berlin

In a pre-recorded televised address to the nation on Thursday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine, stating that Europe “will not accept this violation of Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia.” 

“With the attack on Ukraine, President Putin wants to turn back time – but there is no going back to the time of the 19th century when great powers decided over the heads of smaller states,” Scholz said.

“There is no going back to the days of the Cold War, when superpowers divided the world among themselves into zones of influence,” he continued. 

In his address, Scholz said that the European Union “had hope” that diplomatic efforts would prove fruitful, but “were not naïve.”

He also noted that the EU is ready to launch further sanctions against Russia, adding that Russia “will pay a high price” for its actions in Ukraine. 


2:40 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

How to provide aid to those in Ukraine

From CNN's Ryan Bergeron

Russian troops have crossed into Ukraine and bombardments are taking place in several cities. These attacks have sent people fleeing for safety. 

Concerns grow for civilians and families as a larger humanitarian crisis could unfold.

Organizations around the world are on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries to help those in need with shelter, food, water, and additional aid. 

You can find out how to help here.

1:24 p.m. ET, February 24, 2022

UK bans Russian aircraft from its airspace

From CNN's Pete Muntean

The United Kingdom is banning civilian Russian aircraft from its airspace.

“No aircraft on a scheduled service which is owned, chartered or operated by a person connected with Russia, or which is registered in Russia shall fly in United Kingdom airspace,” reads a bulletin to pilots just published by the UK Department For Transport.

Russian airline Aeroflot currently operates direct flights between Moscow and London-Heathrow and Gatwick, according to its website. 

The bulletin also bans Russian aircraft from the airspace above the United Kingdom's territorial sea. The restriction goes into effect at 7 p.m. EST and is set to expire on May 23.