U.S. President Joe Biden labeled Russia’s actions in Ukraine “genocide” on Tuesday, using a charged term that may indicate tougher action against Moscow. 

President Joe Biden called Russia's attack on Ukraine a "genocide" on Tuesday while talking with reporters before heading back to the White House from Iowa.  

Biden later confirmed to reporters that his use of the term “genocide” was intentional. “It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of being Ukrainian,” he said 

The statement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin said peace talks had reached a "dead end" and Russian troops would not leave Ukraine until the Kremlin's goals are accomplished.  

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised Biden after his remarks, tweeting that “calling things by their names is essential to stand up to evil.” 

“Putin is trying to wipe out the idea of being Ukrainian,” Biden said. More than 10,000 civilians have been killed in the city of Mariupol since the beginning of the invasion in February, 

Prior to Biden’s declaration, the top members of his foreign policy team had scrupulously avoided labeling Russia’s actions in Ukraine genocide, using other, more general terms instead. 

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Based on what we have seen so far, we have seen atrocities,” said national security adviser Jake Sullivan at an April 4 press conference.