President Joe Biden is calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to face a war crime trial amid outrage over the killings of civilians in Bucha and other transgressions in the Russia-Ukraine war.

On Monday, Biden told reporters Putin needed to face punishment, a day after images of bodies on the streets of Bucha emerged. 

“He is a war criminal,” Biden said. “This guy is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone’s seen it.”

Although Biden plans to place more sanctions on Russia, he wants Putin to be disciplined for his actions against the Ukrainian people. “I think it is a war crime. ... He should be held accountable,” Biden said.

However, Biden revealed that more evidence would be needed before Putin could be tried for war crimes against Ukraine.

“You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth of the matter, you saw what happened in Bucha. This warrants him — he is a war criminal,” Biden explained. 

“But we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight. We have to get all the detail so this can be ... a war crime trial.”

Several governments, including France, have echoed Biden’s sentiments about Putin committing war crimes. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the European Union to ban Russian coal and gas amid the latest news about Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Photos of dead civilians in Bucha surfaced over the weekend after Ukrainian soldiers were able to regain control of the area and discovered the massacre. 

The Bucha mayor estimated that 300 residents were killed during the period in which Russian troops controlled the town.

Russia has since denied its soldiers killed people in Bucha and referred to the allegations as “provocation.”

President Joe Biden and his Democratic party are seen as facing long odds to maintain control of Congress in the November midterm elections due to runaway consumer prices President Joe Biden and his Democratic party are seen as facing long odds to maintain control of Congress in the November midterm elections due to runaway consumer prices Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Anna Moneymaker