President Biden released a statement following what he described as an “unprovoked and unjustified attack” on Ukraine by Russia.

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” Biden said. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”

Biden also revealed that he spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, briefing him “on the steps we are taking to rally international condemnation, including tonight at the United Nations Security Council.”