Russia on Friday slammed President Biden for calling leader Vladimir Putin a “murderous dictator.”
During a Thursday St. Patrick’s Day address, Biden said that many countries were “standing together against a murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine.”
He also told a reporter that he considers a “war criminal,” amid arguments that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has targeted civilians and non-military sites.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, mimicking Biden criticism at home, said: “Given Mr. Biden’s irritability, his fatigue and sometimes forgetfulness … which ultimately leads to aggressive statements, we probably will not give any sharp assessments so as not to cause more aggression,” according to the The Washington Post.
The exchange arrives in the fourth week of the invasion. Hundred of Ukrainians and Russian soldiers have reportedly died, and, roughly 3 million Ukrainians have fled their home country, creating the most significant migration crisis in Europe since WWII.