Biden accuses Russia of genocide, Putin says he’s trying to ‘wipe out’ Ukraine – patriotism

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our president Joe Biden He said for the first time on Tuesday RussiaInvade Ukraine amounts to Genocidewhich is a major escalation of the president’s speech.

Biden used the term genocide in a speech at an ethanol plant in Iowa, then stood by the description as he prepared to board Air Force One.

“Yes, I called it genocide because it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to erase the idea of ​​being Ukrainian and the evidence is mounting,” Biden told reporters.

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“We will let the lawyers decide internationally whether he qualifies or not, but it certainly looks like that to me,” he added.

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Biden has repeatedly called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal, but Tuesday was the first time he accused Russia of committing genocide in Ukraine.

“Your family’s budget, your ability to fill your gas tank, none of it should depend on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away,” Biden said at an event in Iowa on fuel prices.

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Both Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan have refrained from calling the Russian attack a genocide in recent days.

“Based on what we have seen so far, we have witnessed atrocities,” Sullivan told reporters last week. We have seen war crimes. We have not seen a level of systematic deprivation of the lives of the Ukrainian people amounting to genocide.”

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Shortly after Biden’s remarks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted, “The true words of the true leader, POTUS, a spade is essential to countering evil.”

Under international law, genocide is an intent to destroy – in whole or in part – a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

According to the UN Convention, this includes murder; serious physical or mental harm; Imposing lethal conditions and measures to prevent childbearing, among other means.

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Biden made so few statements about the war that American officials were later forced to back off. The president sparked controversy over his recent trip to Poland when he posted a line at the end of his speech saying that Putin should not be allowed to remain in power. The White House made it clear that US policy was not to seek regime change.

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Genocide, considered the most serious international crime, was first used to describe the Nazi Holocaust. It was established in 1948 as a crime under international law in the United Nations Convention.

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Since the end of the Cold War, the State Department has officially used the term seven times. These massacres were in Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Darfur. The Islamic State’s attacks on the Yazidis and other minorities. China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims this year due to Myanmar’s military persecution of the Rohingya minority. China denies the genocide allegations.

At the State Department, such a decision usually follows a rigorous internal process. However, the final decision is up to the secretary of state, who considers whether the move will advance US interests, officials said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Jeff Mason and Garrett Renshaw; Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Humira Pamuk and Catherine Jackson; Editing by Tim Ahman and Cynthia Osterman)

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