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Biden says Russian leader Putin ‘is a war criminal’ for Ukraine attacks

US President Joe Biden speaks about funds to aid Ukraine, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2022.
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President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he believes Russian leader Vladimir Putin “is a war criminal” for his attacks on Ukraine.

It appears to be the first time that Biden has publicly branded Putin with that phrase.

Biden’s comment came hours after Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., said the president “absolutely” should call Putin a war criminal, given Russia’s attacks on “hospitals, maternity wards, apartment buildings” In Ukraine, and his military “direct fire on civilians.”

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