US president labels Russia’s war on Ukraine ‘genocide’

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Biden blames Putin for price hike

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday labeled Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine a “genocide” for the first time after calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “dictator.”

Biden was delivering a speech in Menlo, Iowa, on his administration’s efforts to lower gas prices which have been increasing due to the war and address rising inflation. His remarks came hours after the Labor Department released data showing that the consumer price index, which measures a basket of goods and services, jumped 8.5% in March from a year ago on an unadjusted basis, marking the largest 12-month increase since December 1981.

Biden said he was doing everything within his power through executive orders to reduce “the price and address the Putin price hike,” referring to Russia’s war in Ukraine and its impacts beyond.

“Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away,” he said. Anadolu Agency


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