Biden: Russia trying to ‘wipe out’ Ukraine

President Joe Biden says Russia's war in Ukraine amounts to genocide, accusing President Vladimir Putin of trying to wipe out Ukraine.

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April 13, 2022 - 4:11 PM

A soldiers stands in a street in Severodonetsk, in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, on April 13, 2022, as Russian troops intensified a campaign to take the strategic port city of Mariupol, part of an anticipated massive onslaught across eastern Ukraine. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden now says Russia’s war in Ukraine amounts to genocide, accusing President Vladimir Putin of trying to “wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian.”

“Yes, I called it genocide,” he told reporters in Iowa on Tuesday shortly before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington. “It’s become clearer and clearer.”

Last week, Biden stopped short of saying Russia’s actions amounted to genocide.

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