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Joe Biden accuses Russia of genocide in Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy praises U.S. president for 'calling things by their names'

U.S. President Joe Biden tells reporters, "Yes, I called it genocide," employing a term that was first used to describe the Nazi Holocaust.   © Reuters

DES MOINES, Iowa/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Joe Biden said for the first time on Tuesday that Russia's invasion of Ukraine amounts to genocide, a significant escalation of the president's rhetoric.

Biden used the term genocide in a speech at an ethanol plant in Iowa and later stood by the description as he prepared to board Air Force One.

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