US President Joe Biden has described his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as “a war criminal” amid the devastating impact of Russia’s attack on Ukraine on civilians. Reacting sharply to his statement, Russia called it “unforgivable rhetoric” by a head of state. Biden told reporters at the White House, “I think he (Putin) is a war criminal.” After this, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “I think the President’s comments are enough . He was speaking from the heart and he was speaking on the basis of the barbaric actions of a dastardly dictator we saw on television through an attack in another country.
The Kremlin, the Russian government headquarters in Moscow, called Biden’s remarks about a “war criminal” “unpardonable rhetoric”. “We consider this kind of rhetoric unacceptable and unforgivable by a head of state whose bombs have killed thousands of people around the world,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Russia’s state-run news agency Tass.
Biden, referring to the devastation caused by the Russian attack in Ukraine, said, “These are excesses. This is a matter of outrage for the world and the world is united in supporting us for our support for Ukraine and the commitment that Putin has to pay a heavy price for.”
He said the United States, along with its allies and partners, is leading this effort and providing massive security and humanitarian assistance. He said the US, its allies and partners were crippling Putin’s economy by imposing sanctions and that those sanctions would be further tightened.
Biden said the new security package provided to Ukraine includes 800 anti-aircraft systems. Earlier, Biden announced additional aid of $ 800 million for Ukraine and with this the US has announced one billion dollars in aid to Ukraine in less than a week.
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