WARNING SETTLING PICTURES The comments came Tuesday as Biden delivered a speech at an Iowa ethanol plant and later stood by his words as he prepared to board Air Force One
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US President Joe Biden has accused Vladimir Putin of “genocide” over his devastating invasion of Ukraine.
In a scathing attack on the Russian attack, he said Putin was only trying to “eradicate the idea of being able to be Ukrainian.”
The comments came Tuesday as Biden delivered a speech at an Iowa ethanol plant and later stood by his words as he prepared to board Air Force One.
He told reporters: “Yes, I called it genocide because it has become increasingly clear that Putin is just trying to erase the idea of being able to be Ukrainian, and the evidence is mounting.
“We let the lawyers internationally decide whether it’s an option or not, but it seems that way to me.”
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Biden has repeatedly called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal, but on Tuesday it was the first time he accused Russia of committing open genocide in Ukraine.
He had said of gas prices at an event in Iowa: “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing genocide half a world away.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan have both stopped calling Russia’s attack a genocide in recent days.
“Based on what we’ve seen so far, we’ve seen atrocities,” Sullivan told reporters last week. “We saw war crimes.
“We have not seen a level of systematic killing of the Ukrainian people rising to genocidal levels.”
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Shortly after Biden’s comments, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted: “True words from a true leader @POTUS.
“Calling things by their name is essential to resisting evil.”
Under international law, genocide is the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.
According to the UN Convention, this includes by killing; severe physical or mental damage; including inflicting fatal conditions and birth control measures.
Biden made a handful of statements about the war that US officials were later forced to recant.
The president sparked controversy on a recent trip to Poland when he offered an ad lib line at the end of a speech, saying Putin must not remain in power.
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The White House clarified that US policy is not to seek regime change.
The genocide, considered the most serious international crime, was first used to describe the Nazi Holocaust.
It was established as a crime under international law in a United Nations convention in 1948.
The State Department has formally used the term seven times since the end of the Cold War.
These were intended to describe massacres in Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Darfur; the Islamic State’s attacks on Yazidis and other minorities; China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims and, this year, the Myanmar army’s persecution of the Rohingya minority.
China denies the genocide allegations.
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