Joe Biden accuses Russia of genocide in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has accused Russia of genocide. He spoke directly to Russian President Putin at an event in Iowa.

US President Joe Biden has explicitly accused Russia of being responsible for genocide in Ukraine. “I called it genocide because it’s becoming increasingly clear that Putin is just trying to erase the idea of ​​being Ukrainian,” Biden said Tuesday (local time) during a visit to the US state of Iowa.

Shortly before, Biden spoke for the first time about genocide in view of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. In a speech about high inflation in the United States, Biden said in Iowa on Tuesday: “Your family budget, your ability to fuel up – none of that should depend on a dictator on the other side of the world declaring war and committing genocide.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised his American counterpart. “True words from a true leader. Calling a spade a spade is essential to resisting evil. We are grateful for the American assistance that has been provided so far and we urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent further Russian atrocities,” he wrote on Twitter. .

Already talked about war crimes

The US government has previously accused Russia of war crimes in Ukraine, but Washington did not initially allege genocide.

After atrocities against civilians in the kyiv suburb of Bucha, Biden called Putin a “war criminal” early last week. However, when asked if the acts constituted genocide, the US president replied, “No, I think it’s a war crime.”

According to Ukrainian sources, many bodies of civilians were also found in the kyiv suburb of Bucha after the withdrawal of the Russian army from the capital region. Many representatives of Western governments, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), spoke of “war crimes” in connection with the atrocities. Moscow denies responsibility and talks about fake photos and videos.

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