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Putin, speaking at a rare news conference, said that negotiations with Ukraine had reached an “impasse” and that it is unclear when the war will end. It will continue, he said, until the Kremlin fulfills its goals in the Donbas region, the eastern part of Ukraine where analysts and officials expect a vigorous new Russian offensive.
Biden has in recent weeks resisted the term “genocide,” instead referring to reported atrocities in Ukraine as “war crimes.” But on Tuesday, Biden said that “it’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is trying to wipe out the idea of being Ukrainian."
War in Ukraine: What you need to know
The latest: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees Friday to annex four occupied regions of Ukraine, following staged referendums that were widely denounced as illegal. Follow our live updates here.
The response: The Biden administration on Friday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia, in response to the annexations, targeting government officials and family members, Russian and Belarusian military officials and defense procurement networks. President Volodymyr Zelensky also said Friday that Ukraine is applying for “accelerated ascension” into NATO, in an apparent answer to the annexations.
In Russia: Putin declared a military mobilization on Sept. 21 to call up as many as 300,000 reservists in a dramatic bid to reverse setbacks in his war on Ukraine. The announcement led to an exodus of more than 180,000 people, mostly men who were subject to service, and renewed protests and other acts of defiance against the war.
The fight: Ukraine mounted a successful counteroffensive that forced a major Russian retreat in the northeastern Kharkiv region in early September, as troops fled cities and villages they had occupied since the early days of the war and abandoned large amounts of military equipment.
Photos: Washington Post photographers have been on the ground from the beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.