Moscow, 19 March 2022 (TDI): President Joe Biden of the United States (US) called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” when the assault on Ukraine was intensified by Moscow. Kremlin reacted by saying that Biden’s words are “unacceptable and unforgivable”.

This marked a change in Washington’s rhetoric which condemned the atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine but stopped short of labeling them “war crimes”, citing ongoing investigations by international organizations.

White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki said in a briefing that President Putin is unquestionably a war criminal and that President Joe Biden speaks by the sincerity of his heart.

“[Biden] was answering a direct question that was asked and responding to what he has seen on television. We have all seen barbaric acts, horrific acts by a foreign dictator in a country that is threatening and taking the lives of civilians — impacting hospitals, women who are pregnant, journalists, others and I think he was answering a direct question,” she added.


Kremlin Spokesperson, Dmitry Pskov told reporters that Biden’s description of Putin was not diplomatic and was being painted in an unforgiving and tarnishing manner.

“We believe such rhetoric to be unacceptable and unforgivable on the part of the head of a state, whose bombs have killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world,” Russian state news agency TASS wrote Peskov as saying.

Joe Biden gave his remarks regarding Putin, shortly after the address of President Zelensky of Ukraine’s virtual address to the US Congress, where he gave a moving speech showcasing the sentiments of his nation.

According to the Ukrainian President, his people are barely holding back with intensified Russian attacks. Additionally, he also announced a military aid package for Ukraine.