US President Joe Biden today used the term “genocide” for the first time to describe the situation in Ukraine and the consequences for the economy since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
“The family budget or the ability to supply fuel, none of this should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing genocide on the other side of the world”, stressed the US head of state, quoted by the AFP.
Earlier, the US ruler had said that he did not believe that Russia’s actions in Ukraine represented genocide, as the Ukrainian authorities have been defending, classifying them as “war crimes”.
Biden was speaking during a trip to the State of Iowa, dedicated to the fight against the inflation that affects the United States.
The rise in prices for consumers in March reached the fastest pace since December 1981, with 8.5% compared to the same month in 2021, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) released today by the Labor Department.
The inflation rate was the highest since December 1981. In February, year-on-year inflation had stood at 7.9%, according to the consumer price index released today by the Labor Department.
March is the first month to integrate the effects of the war in Ukraine, which began in the last days of February.
Joe Biden lamented the further increase in inflation caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
And he assured that “70% of the price increase in March comes from the increase in the price of gasoline [Vladimir] Putin”.
The Labor Department noted in a statement that “the gasoline index rose 18.3% in March (compared to February) and accounted for more than half of the overall price increase in a month.”
“Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has driven up gasoline and food prices around the world,” he said.
The Republican opposition has been critical of the US government’s actions, accusing Joe Biden of having an economic policy that fuels inflation.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed nearly 2,000 civilians, according to UN data, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The war caused more than 11 million people to flee, more than 4.5 million of them to neighboring countries.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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