US President Joe Biden has described Vladimir Putin as a butcher, during a meeting with Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
Biden made the comment at a televised event at the national stadium in Warsaw, on a visit to show support for Poland over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, during which he also met members of the Ukrainian government.
A reporter asked the president “You’re dealing every day with Vladimir Putin, look at what he’s done to these people. What does it make you think?”
“He’s a butcher,” responded Biden before walking away.
Biden also said each refugee he spoke to had asked him to say a prayer for the safety of their father or brother back home in Ukraine.
In response to the president’s comments, a Kremlin spokesman quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency said Biden’s comment narrows the prospects of mending ties between Washington and Moscow.