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© Reuters. The State of the Union address by US President Joe Biden is delivered before Congress in Washington DC on March 1, 2022. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via REUTERS

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By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Russia’s Vladimir Putin would pay dearly in the long-term for the invasion of Ukraine. Even if his military campaign is successful in the short-term.

“While he may make gains on the battlefield – he will pay a continuing high price over the long run,” Biden said in his State of the Union address. Biden said, “He doesn’t know what the future holds.” He didn’t elaborate.

Biden addressed Congress during the sixth day after Russia invaded its European neighbour. As Kyiv looked down on a mile-long, armored Russian column possibly preparing for the takeover of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the U.S. along with a growing number of allies increased sanctions.

Biden, in his prime-time speech, announced an additional step to ban Russian aircraft from American airspace. Also, the Justice Department will attempt to seize yachts, private jets and luxury apartments of rich Russians connected to Putin.

He signaled that Russia will not be able to maintain its military power in the future while admitting it can improve its position in Ukraine.

He said, “We are restricting Russia’s technology access that will weaken its economy and its military for the next years.”

“When history is written, Putin’s war against Ukraine will have left Russia stronger and the rest more powerful,” he stated.

Biden spoke with Volodymyr Zelenskiy earlier in the day. He has rejected U.S. direct military involvement on the ground.

The U.S. government shared intelligence about Russia’s activities and was the first to impose a historical set of economic sanctions against Putin’s government and allies, as well as the largest banks in the country, sending its currency into freefall.

After overcoming fierce resistance, the Russian troops haven’t captured major cities in Ukraine for nearly a week.

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