Biden bans Russian ships from American ports

President Joe Biden has banned Russian ships from American ports as part of his package to aid Ukraine, the Washington Times reports.

At the White House, the president said he was sending an “unmistakable message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He will never succeed in dominating and occupying Ukraine. That will not happen,” Biden said at the White House Thursday.

During the speech, Biden touted new Treasury Department sanctions to “crack down on the entities and individuals attempting to evade our unprecedented sanctions.”

“Today, I’m announcing that the United States will ban Russian-affiliated ships from our ports, as they did in Europe,” Biden said.

“That means no ship — no ship that sails under the Russian flag or that is owned or operated by Russian interests will be allowed to dock in a United States port or access our shores,” he continued.

“This is yet another critical step we’re taking in concert with our partners in the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada and — further to deny Russia the benefits of the international economic system that they so enjoyed in the past.”

During the speech, Biden touted the successes of the Ukrainian forces in holding off the Russian invasion.

“Putin has failed to achieve his grand ambitions on the battlefield. After weeks of shelling Kyiv, Kyiv still stands,” he said.

“They have been bolstered from day one by an unstinting supply of weapons, ammunition, armor, intelligence from the nations of the free world led by us, the United States.”

The ban on Russian ships also came as another part of an $800 million package of military assistance Biden announced.

The move is the eighth time arms and equipment has been drawn down from Department of Defense inventory to be shipped over to Ukraine since August.

Last week, Biden announced a further $800 in military assistance.

There was also economic assistance to the Ukrainian government in the form of $500 million in direct economic aid, which brings total U.S. economic support to $1 billion over two months.

As for the ban on Russian ships, the United States lags behind Europe in that respect; European countries imposed a ban on Russian-affiliated ships docking at their ports on Feb. 24.