Joe Biden spoke off the cuff Monday to reporters on the White House lawn.
Biden told reporters, “[Putin] is a war criminal… We have to gather all the detail [to] have a war-crime trial. This guy is brutal. What’s happening in Bucha is outrageous.”
BIDEN: [Putin] is a war criminal. …We have to gather all the detail [to] have a war crime trial. This guy is brutal. What’s happening in Bucha is outrageous.
REPORTER: Do you agree that it’s genocide?
BIDEN: No, I think it’s a war crime. …I’m seeking more sanctions. pic.twitter.com/HDGfbS4DaP
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) April 4, 2022
The AP reported:
President Joe Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial against Russia President Vladimir Putin and said he’d seek more sanctions after reported atrocities in Ukraine.
“You saw what happened in Bucha,” Biden said. He added that Putin “is a war criminal”
Biden’s comments to reporters came after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Bucha, one of the towns surrounding Kyiv where Ukrainian officials say the bodies of civilians have been found. Zelenskyy called the Russian actions “genocide” and called for the West to apply tougher sanctions against Russia.
Biden, however, stopped short of calling the actions genocide.
The bodies of 410 civilians have been removed from Kyiv-area towns that were recently retaken from Russian forces, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, Iryna Venediktova, said. Associated Press journalists saw the bodies of at least 21 people in various spots around Bucha, northwest of the capital.
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