Russian dictator Vladimir Putin clearly sent a chilling message to Democrat President Joe Biden on Saturday.
Russian missiles exploded in Western Ukraine, only 245 miles away from a refugee camp in Poland that Biden was visiting.
Putin’s missile strike near Biden is the latest episode of great power escalation, amid the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, a fuming Putin has set a “Victory Day” date pretty soon.
The Closest Sleepy Joe Came to the War in Ukraine
At least three Russian missiles exploded on Saturday afternoon local time in Lviv, about 40 miles away from the border of Poland, a key US ally and a NATO member.
Right at that time, Sleepy Joe was visiting a camp for Ukrainian refugees exactly 245 miles away.
Two Russian missiles hit a fuel depot outside Lviv at about 4:30 pm local time on Saturday, followed by a third missile that slammed in the same target slightly later, according to Maksym Kozytskyy, the Regional Governor of Lviv.
Kozytskyy revealed five people were wounded in the Russian missile strike, and the residents of the city had been told to hide in bomb shelters.
Andriy Savodiy, the Lviv mayor, said online the latest Russian missile strike hadn’t hit any residential buildings this time.
Social media footage and photos from Lviv showed an enormous fireball and clouds of black smoke above the rooftops in a residential quarter in the northeastern part of the city, near the attacked fuel depot.
In many cases, the Russians have been launching missile and air strikes on Ukrainian targets at night.
This time the attack came in the afternoon, meaning it was clearly tailored to coincide with falling rather close to Joe Biden during his refugee camp visit.
President Joe Biden branded Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘butcher’ during a meeting with refugees who fled the war in Ukraine to the Polish capital of Warsaw https://t.co/RkkusGpADj pic.twitter.com/4Aoki3hV9r
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 26, 2022
⚡️⚡️ As a result of the new missile strikes on Lviv, significant damage was caused to infrastructure facilities. Residential buildings were not damaged.
The fires continue to be extinguished.
The appropriate services are working on the ground.
— Андрій Садовий (@AndriySadovyi) March 26, 2022
Ukrainian firefighters have been working all night to extinguish a fire in Lviv. It was caused by Russia’s missile strike yesterday.
As the State Emergency Service reports, one of the local fuel storage enterprises was burning.
Photos: ДСНС України#Ukraine #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/pZygIRo5WY
— Radio Free Ukraine (@radioukraine1) March 27, 2022
Video of the Russian cruise missile strike that hit a fuel depot in Lviv today.
The massive explosion sent a shockwave across the city.
Russia has been striking fuel depots in several cities in recent days.
They hit fuel depots in an attempt to stop Ukrainian troop movements. pic.twitter.com/OaehhSomkU
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) March 26, 2022
‘Personal Insults’ ‘Narrow’ Opportunities for Putin Deals
It remains unclear whether the missile strike on Lviv near Poland was motivated by Biden’s description of Putin as a “butcher” because of the war in Ukraine.
In the meantime, Dmitry Peskov, the loyal Putin stooge serving as his press secretary, lambasted Biden for calling the Moscow tyrant a “butcher”.
Peskov argued that “such personal insults” don’t contribute to bilateral cooperation prospects, and “narrow the window of opportunity” for US-Russian deals under the Biden administration.
Later on Saturday night, in a speech in Warsaw, Biden made probably his biggest gaffe yet.
The sitting US president openly called for regime change in Russia, precisely the thing which Putin has been worried since 2011, by saying that “this man” can’t be allowed to “remain in power.”
If that comment had come earlier, it remains unknown whether Putin would have had his missiles that hit Lviv pointed some 300 miles further west.
WATCH: @POTUS Biden meets Ukrainian refugees outside PGE Stadium in Warsaw. pic.twitter.com/Wv4Y5NkL9B
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) March 26, 2022
Burning tank farm in Lvov Ukraine: People flee site of missile strike on Lviv: People run away from the site of a strike in Lviv after the city in western Ukraine was hit by two missiles. Smoke billows through the air. The target is a fuel storage facility. pic.twitter.com/aTzrdJyxHe
— World News 24 (@DailyWorld24) March 26, 2022
Recap of the Saturday night missile strikes here in Lviv. pic.twitter.com/8Y0VKLcXTt
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) March 27, 2022
After all the shit they have done, like missile strikes against places ranging from Donbas to Lviv, Russians still really expect to subdue a hateful 40-million nation?
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) March 26, 2022