US president, Joe Biden has accused Russia of genocide on Tuesday as the war in Ukraine continues.

Mr. Biden who used the word “genocide”, while speaking to reporters, made the statement in a speech in Iowa and stood by the description.

“Yes, I called it genocide because it has become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of being able to be Ukrainian and the evidence is mounting,” he said.

Speaking further, Biden said, “We’ll let the lawyers decide internationally whether or not it qualifies, but it sure seems that way to me.”

Before this development occurred, Mr. Biden had tagged Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal, but this time, accused Russia of committing genocide in Ukraine.

Biden who also extended his speech to fuel prices said, “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan have also also not been quiet on the war in Ukraine. They have both stopped short of describing Russia’s assault as a genocide in recent days.