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    Biden in Poland Says US and Allies ‘Have Ukraine’s Back’

    Biden in Poland Says US and Allies ‘Have Ukraine's Back'

    WARSAW, — President Joe Biden, returning on Tuesday to the Polish castle where he spoke shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year, said the war had hardened Western resolve to defend democracy around the globe.

    He warned that there were “hard and bitter days ahead,” but pledged that the United States and its allies would “have Ukraine's back” as the war enters its second year.

    “Democracies of the world will stand guard over freedom today, tomorrow and forever,” he said at the Royal Castle, a historical landmark in Warsaw, before a cheering crowd of Polish citizens and Ukrainian refugees.

    Biden's speech came one day after his daring, unannounced trip to , where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    “Kyiv stands strong,” Biden declared. “Kyiv stands proud.”

    Before his speech, Biden met with Polish President Andrzej Duda as he began a series of consultations with allies to prepare for an even more complicated stage of 's invasion.

    “We have to have security in Europe,” Biden said at the presidential palace in Warsaw. “It's that basic, that simple, that consequential.”

    He described as “maybe the most consequential alliance in history,” and he said it's “stronger than it's ever been” despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's hopes that it would fracture over the war in Ukraine.

    Earlier Tuesday, Putin announced that Moscow would…

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