Joe Biden accuses Vladimir Putin of ‘genocide’ for the first time

The president took over the qualification of his Ukrainian counterpart. Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, “isn’t sure if the escalation of words is helpful”.

US President Joe Biden first accused his Russian counterpart from Tuesday to Wednesday Vladimir Poutine feed onegenocidein Ukraine, a word previously used by the Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky but never by the US government.

Yes, I called it genocideJoe Biden told reporters on a trip to Iowa a few hours after mentioning the term in a speech devoted to the fight against inflation.It is becoming increasingly clear that Putin is simply trying to erase the idea that he is Ukrainian.‘ developed the American president. Yes “lawyers, international“, will decide on the classification of genocide, “to me it looks like‘ he assured.

claim that the “the evidence was piling up” about the “horrible things the Russians have done in Ukraine”, the Democrat predicted that the world “would discover even more of the destructionThe Ukrainian president praised on Twitter the “real words from a real leader“, because “calling things by their own names is essential to fight evil“while they claim”urgently more heavy weapons

His French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, wanted to be more”carefullyI would like to say that Russia has unilaterally launched a brutal war, that it has now been established that war crimes have been committed by the Russian army and that it is now necessary to find those responsible“, he explained. “It’s madness what’s happening, it’s incredibly brutal (…) but at the same time I look at the facts and want to try as much as possible to be able to continue to stop this war and rebuild peace, so I’ I don’t know sure the escalation of words serves the causehe added.

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Scenes from “massacres

The situation on the ground continues to deteriorate. Between 20 and 22,000 people have died in the city of Mariupol, Pavlo Kirilenko, the Ukrainian governor of the Donetsk region, said in an interview with US television channel CNN on Tuesday. However, he admitted that hehard to name some victims», with the city being the subject of a blockade. The besieged city has been cut off from the world and bombed for more than 40 days.

By taking Mariupol, the Russians could consolidate their territorial gains on the coastal strip along the Sea of ​​Azov by linking the Donbass region to Crimea. The existence of a huge metallurgical complex transformed into a bastion by the Ukrainian forces of Mariupol, with kilometers underground, promises a fierce battle for total control of this strategic city, even using chemical weapons, provided by the separatists. who practiced Donbass.

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken,Russian forces may use a variety of riot control tools, including tear gas mixed with chemicals” For “Ukrainian fighters and civiliansin Mariupol. for Moscow,the threat of chemical terrorism“Comes from the Ukrainians,” Oleg Syromolotov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, assured the Ria Novosti news agency.

Since Russia announced the withdrawal of its troops from the Kiev region – to better concentrate them in the east of the country – Ukrainians have regained control of all cities near the capital. All have been devastated by the fighting. Scenes from “massacretook place there, the Ukrainian authorities who accuse Moscow of “war crimesOn Tuesday, the body of the mayor of Gostomel, who died on March 7, was exhumed in the presence of Ukrainian investigators, as part of an investigation to determine whether Yuri Prylipko was the victim of a war crime. His body was recovered from the grave. and police filmed each of his wounds, including one to the head, according to AFP journalists on the scene.

Significant losses

Around Kiev, the bodies of six people killed by bullets found in a basement in the eastern suburbs were added on Tuesday, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office, among hundreds more found near the capital in the past two weeks. No recent estimate of civilian casualties is available, but the deaths are likely to be more than tens of thousands. The many bodies found in Boutcha near Kiev in early April had sparked international outrage.

Vladimir Putin, whose country denies any abuse in Ukraine, said Tuesday “fake(false) the information accusing his soldiers of massacring hundreds of civilians in Boutcha. On the military front, the Kremlin recently admitted “significant losses», but without quantifying them. By the end of March, Moscow had acknowledged the deaths of 1,351 soldiers and 3,825 wounded, the first figures in more than three weeks.

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