'Ukraine can and will stop Putin,' Biden says as NATO marks 75th anniversary

As NATO leaders gather for their 75th anniversary in Washington, they aim to increase support for Ukraine amid escalating Russian attacks and growing political uncertainties in the West. US President Joe Biden announced a new air defense system for Kyiv and emphasized unity against Russian aggression, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged for further assistance to defeat Russia.

NATO leaders meet Wednesday for their 75th anniversary, seeking ways to ramp up support for Ukraine as deadly Russian strikes and political uncertainties in the West stir new concerns.

With the pomp of a summit in Washington, President Joe Biden is aiming to rally the West and also reassure US voters amid intense pre-election scrutiny on whether at 81 -- six years older than the alliance -- he remains fit for the job.

Kicking off three days of events for the 32-nation alliance with a celebration Tuesday evening, Biden announced a new air defense system for Kyiv and urged unity against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who launched the Ukraine invasion in 2022.

"Make no mistake. Ukraine can — and will — stop Putin," Biden said forcefully to applause.

"Remember -- the biggest cost and the greatest risk will be if Russia wins in Ukraine. We cannot let that happen."


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